Nobody likes a proud or arrogant leader.
But leaders end up there sometimes without even realizing it.
You set out for humility, but end up in a very different place.
How would you know if it’s happening to you?
Leadership is a high stakes game. A lot is riding on it, and few things kill a leader’s effectiveness more easily than pride. A proud leader:
Turns people off
Destroys the dynamic of team
Caps the potential of the organization
Is often blind to his (or her) weaknesses
Loses the potential to grow
And just as important: actually isn’t all that fun to be around. Think of your spouse, kids or friends.
Creature of Habit
For years I thought pride and humility were attitudes. Want to be less prideful? Just adopt a humble attitude. But I’m no longer sure that’s entirely true.
In fact, I now believe pride and humility are habits.
In the same way that physical health isn’t an attitude as much as it is a product of activity and sensible eating, humble people and arrogant people adopt habits that make them proud or humble.
If you want to hear more on this, I’m teaching through the subject in a series called Like Jesus. Here’s how I think pride and humility in reality work:
If you want to be more humble, do what humble people do.
If you want to be more prideful, do what prideful people do.
5 Habits that Reveal You’ve Become a Prideful Leader
So what do proud leaders do? The opposite of a humble leader. Their habits are opposite.
This is a daily struggle for most leaders as it is for me. I want to adopt the stance of the humble but the gravitational pull is toward pride.
So in the interests of helping us lead from a place of humility, here are 5 habits that reveal that you’ve become a prideful leader: