Humility Helps, Leaders Listen

“Leadership is about going somewhere, and if you don't know where you're going, how can you lead others?” said founder of Seapoint Center Jesse Lyn Stoner in an interview with the Huffington Post.  Leaders who concentrate solely on the task at hand forget how each individual of the organization is significant.  To effectively lead a team, we do not necessarily need a vision. Instead, we need to engage the hearts and minds of our workers to create a common idea. 

We need to remind ourselves that, “People are not part of the organization, they are the organization,” Stoner said.  Even leaders that lack ideas can build a strong team that generates a cohesive vision.  These leaders do this by constructing genuine relationships with their workers. The simplest way to develop genuine relationships is to listen.

Listening takes effort and an open mind towards others perspectives.  “It requires having the humility to admit you can be wrong,” said Stoner.  Traditionally, humility is seen as a sign of weakness, when in reality, it strengthens both the leader and the team by developing genuine, cohesive relationships – even in the most diverse groups.

Stoner said, “This is the first time in history we have had four generations in the workplace. And we have more diversity than ever in power positions. I believe we are at a point where we can implement ideas first articulated by early leadership pioneers like Peter Drucker and Peter Block and rethink organizational structures and the use of power and control.”

If these ideas resonate with you, or if you want to learn more practical strategies on how to implement Peter’s ideas, consider attending one of our Flawless Consulting Workshops.

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