HUMBLE

SUMMARY: HUMBLE

 

Courageous Leadership: A 12 Week Action Plan

 

Read Chapter 4, Characteristic #5 (Humble)

 

Schedule Meetings

Yourself (in-depth self-reflection) DOWNLOAD INVITE

Person from Each of the Generations (Semi-Structured Conversation) DOWNLOAD INVITE 

Your Mentor (Advice, Information, Referral (AIR) Hot Wash) DOWNLOAD INVITE

Identify the best day, time, location & length for these meetings. 

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Journaling

During these seven days, focus your journaling on humility and the associated impacts to your daily activities. Please take particular care to capture the emotions, surprises, and new insights you experience and gain. During these seven days,  you may want to focus on the following topics.

  • Think about a time when you realized that you may have achieved a better outcome if you had listened, had paused to reflect, had assumed the best of another and had given respect to another.

  • What steps are you taking to truly appreciate and value the people who work on your team?

  • Take time to think about the strengths and weaknesses of each person on your team.

  • Think about a leader who is humble. What actions, behaviors or attitudes reflect their humility? Why do people like working for them?

  • What are some possible outcomes & benefits of being humble?

  • Notice when you esteemed someone and when you diminished someone. Also, notice when you feel esteemed or diminished.

In your journal, identify the differences between your observed humility and desired humility so that you may begin closing the gaps.

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Semi-Structured Conversations

A good way to study humility is to observe and understand generations. For this developmental phase, you are going to conduct Semi-Structured Conversations about humility with each working generation. Interview yourself for your own generation.

Prior to these conversations, observe each person and document in your journal, humility you see in their day-to-day actions. At the beginning of the conversations, summarize the philosophy of Courageous Leadership and the Courageous Characteristic of being humble from your own understanding. During the conversation, capture the findings in your journal. Questions for these conversations might include:

  • What are your views on humility in your personal and professional lives?

  • How humble are the other working generations?

  • Identify the core differences between the generations.

  • What are the core similarities?

  • Are the differences in generations foundational or just bothersome?

  • What steps have you taken to truly appreciate and value the people you work with?

  • What suggestions do you have for helping me to develop humility?

  • Do you have recommendations for books or other resources?

Mentor Conversation

When you meet with your mentor discuss-

Advice: What advice does he/she have for you regarding Courageous Humility in general and your level of Courageous Humility specifically.

Information: Ask your mentor for sources of additional information that they have found useful regarding Courageous Humility.

Referrals: Ask who you should speak to further regarding Courageous Humility.

You may also ask the following questions:

  • Think about a leader who is humble. What actions, behaviors or attitudes reflect their humility? Why do people like working for them?

  • What are some possible outcomes & benefits of being humble?

  • How have you developed humility as a leader?

  • What do you do to keep your ego in check?

  • What steps have you taken to truly appreciate and value the people you work with?

  • What suggestions do you have for helping me to develop humility?

  • Do you have recommendations for books or other resources?

  • Do you have a recommendation for a Humble Leader that I should talk to?

 

Culmination Actions

Given the identified gap between your current vision and desired Courageous Humility:

  • Review and, if needed, modify your draft Individual Mission Statement

  • (IMS) to match your current understanding of Courageous Humility.

  • Adjust your life and calendar accordingly to achieve your desired Courageous Humility so that you may fulfill your IMS.

  • Include Courageous Humility in your Individual Development Plan

  • Review and update as needed your T•C•E Alignment and W•F•S Balance

  • Knowledge Measurement: To measure your progress toward your goal of Courageous Leadership proficiency, please measure your levels of knowledge at the end of this 10-day section using the Individual Assessment

Bottom Line Value Creation

Recognizing the value of surrounding yourself with competent and capable professionals, you can use your Courageous Humility to compel them to even greater heights of excellence.

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