Humility

The Rebllious Life of Mrs. Rosa ParksSome leaders have it tougher than others. Maybe you have it easier, where the vision is popular and its mostly a matter of keeping everyone focused on getting there. But what if to reach your vision, you have to paddle upstream … and not only that, you need to persuade an entire armada to paddle upstream with you, that the vision is both desirable and feasible?

Rosa Parks was one of the best-known leaders of the civil rights movement in the US. In fact, Congress called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.” She tends to be portrayed as a tired old seamstress who sparked the civil rights movements by refusing to give up her seat on a bus, but actually she was only in her 40s and had been involved in civil rights leadership since 1943 … 20 years before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Jesse is joined by Cody Gascho, Lead Guy at Praxis Church, to discuss leadership lessons from Rosa’s example as a rebel leader … leading people toward a long-term purpose that may not have widespread popularity and may even appear hopeless.

  • Long-term vision and purpose
  • Individual, thoughtful courage
  • Trust and credibility
  • Character lived out
  • We Not Me
  • Humble
  • Investing in young people
  • Reading

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Let's Grow LeadersConfidence inspires, attracts, excites and ignites.  And yet, confidence without humility can significantly limit a leader’s effectiveness — and even can be dangerous.  Truly confident leaders are secure enough to embrace and share their humility.  In the long run, their humility makes them stronger. To discuss how leaders can be confident and humble, and how to teach confident humility, our guest on this episode is Karin Hurt.

Karin Hurt is an executive director at a Fortune 15 company. Her blog at LetsGrowLeaders.com has become a favorite in the business leadership space. Karin has a diverse background of leadership experience in sales, customer service, human resources, merger integration, training and leadership development. She’s a yogi that loves to run, sing, hike, and travel — and much to Jesse’s excitement — she is a fellow triathlete.

Karin and Jesse discuss:

  • Why humility matters so much in leadership
  • Being confident but still remaining humble
  • Five ways to teach confident humility
  • Confidence + Humility = Credibility

Karin and Jesse also address these questions from listeners:

  • Does humility get in the way of executive presence?
  • If the concept of humility was not learned as a child… do you really think it can be learned in adulthood, especially if the person has already achieved success or leader status?

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How to Prove You Know Everything

June 5, 2013

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered this simple math: What I know < All knowledge What I know < What I forgot When I was a high-school junior, my Political Science teacher tried to explain to the class the fundamental reason why knowledge creates wisdom: the more you know, the more you realize how much […]

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