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Usually when someone sees it successful person, they want to spend time with them and be like them. But when the person at the top behaves arrogantly, everything goes awry. That leader can quickly lose respect.
This chain of events happens all the time within an organization. But if you can show humility even when you stand on the winner‘s podium, your success will continue.
point out others who are making an effort
Name one leader who does everything completely alone in your organization. wait.
Even if you’re a sole proprietor, chances are other people have helped you out, like investing in your ideas or just bringing you lunch while you’re busy. there is. And in a typical company, there is absolutely no logical way for leaders to be everywhere, know everything, have all the skills. So if you’re successful, it’s because so many talented people around you are contributing just as much as you.
I have a firm understanding of other people’s contributions by not letting the marketing department use the word “me” in their content. When I announce an award I have won, I insist on celebrating it as a team victory. When announcing the awards, I will share that I won the award on behalf of the company and highlight the larger business framework. When we sold the company and people recognized how I led this transaction, I appreciated the compliments of my employees, but if they weren’t such a great team, this would be a shame. argued that the result could not have been. Believe please. Doing this will allow your team to sniff out if it’s real, so be real.
Of course, people sincerely hope that you have achieved something. So as a leader, you should never shut yourself up. But people also want you to know who you are and that the world doesn’t revolve around you. Moreover, if you succeed, you are already considered to have achieved great results. Learn how to absorb compliments without keeping the trophy shining.
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Be available and personable
I recently texted someone I was with in high school. They texted me and told me not to worry because they knew I had enough work and I was “super busy.” I replied that there is so much going on that there is never enough time for them.
It is true that you are busy. But if I failed to reply, my friend would have the impression that I was no longer available. Such perceptions can have significant career implications. A friend of mine meets someone who might do business with me. company. Do my friends want others to see and portray me as someone grounded enough to text back if they send someone’s contact information? Want to send a message?
Balancing humility with success makes you available and personable. If you don’t write a story that people will come to you, they will write another story for you, which isn’t as beautiful. And if you are responsible for the company’s performance, everytime You want people to feel that you are available.
own one’s failures openly
Like any company, our team decided to think critically about hiring, hiring, and succession planning. We recently hired a new employee, and I immediately told their manager that I didn’t think they were a good fit due to some bad performances at meetings. A few weeks later, I popped into his office and admitted I was wrong. The new employee proved to be a perfect fit for the company. The manager told me how much he appreciated my honesty and how he could be open about the improvements he sees in his employees.
You will make a lot of mistakes outside of hiring, and owning them can be scary. But if you are honest, people will trust you when you have to stand up and declare a decision. They’ve seen you open up so many times that they don’t question your overall judgment and leadership.
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Act like it’s not your first race
Early in my career, at about age 24, I worked for a Fortune 100 company. I had the opportunity to board a company helicopter to board a private jet. The guard could see my big smile from a mile away. He turned to me and said, “Son, act like you’ve been here before.”
I couldn’t help but remember that advice throughout my career. Just recently, I was in a meeting with someone who had just found success on their own and saw them showing off their new condos under construction and showing everyone dozens of them. Photo from mobile phone. I knew they were excited and proud of what they could do, but I didn’t realize it made them look like bastards who had never won big. The words of the guard immediately came to mind.
Related: How adopting a humble mindset can make you a better leader
It’s a continuous pro wrestling match, but the balance is attractive
Luckily, early in my career, I was blessed with people who reminded me that to succeed, I needed to overcome myself and let people see my true journey. I was. Still, balancing humility and success is still something of a daily struggle for me. That probably applies to you too. But your choice remains the same. Every day you can invite people to see both your struggles and your triumphs. In my experience, I’ve found that it makes me feel more approachable and likeable. So, even if you show your warts, please be proud of your position.