The job of leaders is not just to lead but show the way to their people, first and foremost. They can be seen at the frontline and not hiding behind the shadow of their subordinates. They earn respect by giving the same to others and by treating everyone as their equal.
If you want to be one, here are the signs and characteristics of an effective and humble leader:
He never stops learning
Learning is a lifetime process, and a humble leader knows this. He is aware that there are a lot of things he doesn’t know and he challenges himself by becoming better at what he does. He constantly improves his knowledge and shares the same with his team.
He encourages cooperation and teamwork
An excellent team thrives on teamwork and cooperation. A good leader understands that it is integral to the team’s success, which is why he promotes good camaraderie between team members.
He has solid but noble goals
He has great goals, which not only improve the status of his business and his position but also the status of the people he works with. His success, after all, is the success of the whole group.
He treats everyone with respect
All is fair and equal in his eyes. A humble and effective leader treats everyone with respect, regardless of where the employee is on the ladder because it is the right thing to do and it is what everyone deserves.
He does not take advantage of others
An effective leader is humble enough to know that taking advantage of others serves no purpose other than selfishness. For this same reason, he does not take advantage of others. Instead, he does his best to promote their interests.
A leader can only be effective when he remains rooted on the ground as he encourages others to spread their wings and be the best they can be at all times. Most of all, he retains self-respect and respects everyone around him. He has a deep understanding of the fact that success can only be achieved if a team is of one mind and heart.