054: Humility and Leadership: How to Teach Confident Humility | with Karin Hurt

by Joe Sherwood on September 12, 2013

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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Let's Grow Leaders September 13, 2013 at 1:53pm

Really enjoyed our conversation. Thanks so much!


Jesse Lahey September 13, 2013 at 2:27pm

Karin, I had a blast and appreciate the opportunity to share your insights!
By the way, thank you for your encouragement with my first half-ironman triathlon last weekend. I achieved my goals of completing the race and having fun. I missed my time goal by 50 minutes, but that was a subordinate goal that didn’t matter much to me in my first race of this distance. As you wished for me, it was not too hot (but it rained a lot during the swim and bike).

I’m proud to be in the 70.3 club! And I’m humbled to remember all the men and women who passed me and finished way ahead of me, especially those who clearly had health conditions or were much older than I. Such inspiring leaders!


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