If you want to be an effective leader, learn to be a servant first.
Learn to humble yourself. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; It is thinking of yourself less – C.S. Lewis.
It is one of the greatest assets a leader must have, it is more important than power and fame. Your humility will stand up after your fame and power has gone.
Humble leaders magnetize all the grace of God, They are leaders the world needs.
Simon Sinek – a motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling book, Start with Why, shared a great story:
There was a former undersecretary of defense who was invited to speak in a large conference about a thousand of people. He was standing in the stage with this cup of coffee in Styrofoam cup. After he sipped, he said, Last year I spoke in these exact the same conference, I was still the undersecretary of defense. When I spoke here last year they flew me here business class. When I arrived at the airport somebody is waiting for me to take me in my hotel room.
The next morning, I came downstairs and there’s someone waiting in the lobby to greet me and drove me into this exact the same venue. They took me into a green room where they handed me a cup of coffee in a beautiful ceramic cup.
Now, I am no longer the undersecretary. I flew here coach. I took a taxi into my hotel. When I came down to the lobby this morning, I took another taxi into this venue. I came in front door and found my way backstage. And when I ask someone “Do you have any coffee?” He pointed to the coffee machine at the corner and I poured myself a cup of coffee into this Styrofoam cup. He said, “The cup is never meant for me, it is meant for the position I held. I deserve a Styrofoam cup.”
As you gain fame and fortune, as you gain position and authority people will treat you better. They will hold doors open for you. They will get you a cup of coffee without you even ask. They will call you Sir and Ma’am and they will give you stuff. None of that stuff is meant for you, it is meant for the position you hold. You deserve a Styrofoam cup. Always remember this lesson of HUMILITY.