Personal Humility and Professional WillExcerpt from The Misguided Mix-up of Celebrity and Leadership
by Jim Collins
Jim Collins discusses two important skills of the most effective leaders – Personal Humility and Professional Will.
Below are descriptions of these skills. Consider how you can use these in your own leadership experiences.
- Demonstrates a compelling modesty, never boastful.
- Acts with quiet, calm determination; relies principally on inspired standards to motivate.
- Channels ambition into the organization, not the self; sets up successors for even more greatness.
- Looks in the mirror, not out the window, to apportion responsibility for poor results, never blaming other people, external factors, or bad luck.
- Creates superb results, a clear catalyst in the transition from good to great.
- Demonstrates an unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done to produce the best long-term results, no matter how difficult.
- Sets the standard of building an enduring great company; will settle for nothing less.
- Looks out the window, not in the mirror, to apportion credit for the success of the organization—to other people, external factors, and good luck.