There are many traits that define successful entrepreneurs (and successful leaders in general). They’re confident. They’re decisive. They’re calm under pressure. But there’s an underrated quality that may be even more important: humility.
Learning to cultivate humility within yourself, and possibly within your team members, can help you lead more efficiently and see the world in a different way.
Humility is the quality of being humble. In a practical context, this means setting aside your ego and understanding your own imperfections. In some ways, this is the opposite of typical entrepreneurial advice; entrepreneurs are often encouraged to be as confident and self-assured as possible, and humility may seem to contradict this quality.
So what value can this have in your organization?
Humility helps you in a number of ways:
Some people are naturally humbler than others. Does that mean if you’re not already humble that you’ll miss out on all these benefits?
Not necessarily. Humility can be cultivated and developed, almost like a skill, if you’re willing to put in the work.
Higher levels of humility can make you a better entrepreneur and a better leader. They might even make you happier in your own personal life. Spend some time acknowledging this characteristic in yourself and refining it to better suit you in your profession.
Originally appeared in Entrepreneur