Great Leaders Are Humble As Well As Generous

Author, Jim Collins, conducted research on leaders who were able to take their respective companies from being “good” to being “great.”  As a result, he was able to identify some of the characteristics these leaders had in common.  I would like to share two of them with you.  First, these leaders possessed extreme personal humility.  Even though they were running the company, they were not arrogant, condescending or otherwise taken with themselves.  Second, they gave away all the credit to others when things went well and they absorbed all the blame when things went poorly.  So, keep this in mind the next time you’re tempted to get on your “high horse” or point fingers at someone–it’s not what great leaders do.

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Who am I? I am the author of The Engagement Formula, Turning Your Customers into Your Sales Force, The X-Factor and my popular weekly newsletter: Ross Reck’s Weekly Reminder. I'm also the coauthor of Instant Turnaround!, REVVED! and the best selling The Win-Win Negotiator. I've also spoken at hundreds of meetings, conferences and conventions throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. My consulting clients include Hewlett-Packard, John Deere, American Express, Janssen-Ortho, Inc., Shire Pharmaceuticals, Philip Morris International, the Chicago Cubs, Rolls-Royce and Xerox. I received my Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1977. From 1975 to 1985 I served a Professor of Management at Arizona State University. During my career at ASU I was the only two-time recipient of the prestigious “Teaching Excellence in Continuing Education” award and was identified by the university as an “Outstanding Teacher.” In 1985 I left my position at ASU to search full-time for a new "Management Model" to replace the current model with it's emphasis on authority, control and formal communication channels. Last February, I found it (it's actually a leadership model) and it's featured in my new book, The Engagement Formula: Three Simple Steps that Guarantee Full Employee Engagement.

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