Elevate Your Success Humility

AUDIO: Elevate Your Success with Humility

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

This is the channel to the respect you’ve always wanted. You want respect. You want admiration. You want to make an impact that won’t be forgotten.   

As a leader, you want to make your mark on the world.

Compare your list to mine. I wanted:

  • Influence
  • Respect
  • Desire for alliance
  • Admiration
  • Power

But, how do you know the mountain you’re climbing leads to the summit you seek?   

Joe was wildly successful. I was working hard in my late 20’s and took every opportunity to spend time with him. He was twenty years my senior, but everything he had I wanted. He was respected, owned several businesses, had a dozen different cars, a jet and a big ski boat. When we talked about business, he looked like a kid in a candy store. It was exciting. It was fun.   

It was December and Joe pulled me in to a performance of “The Messiah” at a community college an hour away. Every week we traveled to rehearsals and I listened as we drove. The weather on the night of the performance was all snow and ice. On our way home, still in our suits and dress shoes, a strange thing happened. Suddenly, Joe turned into a parking lot and reversed our course. Without speaking, he backtracked toward something I had not even noticed. An older lady was trying to open her car door. The car was completely covered with ice and snow.   

Without a word, Joe pulled up beside her car, jumped out in his $500 shoes and went to work. Once the car was fully scraped, she was inside and Joe returned to the BMW driver’s seat. I have never seen anyone beam so brightly.

Joe wasn’t perfect. Time would uncover his failures as it does us all. But in that moment I saw him through a lens of humility. Success might seem like a lofty platform, but he saw himself as the guy who gave himself away to the people who needed help. I remember more about who Joe was through that night than all of the other stories combined.   

Humility In Your Leadership

I’ve learned a lot over the years about success and power. I’ve been despised for domination and I’ve been loved for charity. But…I learned humility by being humbled.   

I wish I could tell you I chose to be humble. The truth is, I didn’t understand the place of humility in the life of genuine leadership.

Let me share with you the 5 things I’ve learned about humility in leadership.     

  1. Humility reveals our true character. No matter what we plan or strategically execute, genuine humility cannot be faked or hidden.
  2. Losing touch with our actual humility (the truth about our humanity) is the first step to failure.
  3. Humility leads to unmeasurable success but success rarely leads to humility.
  4. Humility leads to constant growth and improvement. Humility says, “I can still learn. I am not afraid to listen to others. I am not yet all I was created to become.”
  5. Humility is the doorway to Breakthrough

Until we invert the pyramid of humility, we cannot build on truth. 

The power of leadership lies in uninhibited loyalty to the heart of the leader. 

Create A Legacy Through Humble Leadership

Jesus disciples and followers followed Him to death because He put their future ahead of his own. He had all power and he lived a life of genuine humility.   

Jesus achieved all of my objectives for leadership:

  • Influence
  • Respect
  • Desire for alliance
  • Admiration
  • Power

And he achieved something I never imagined possible. He changed the course of history. His legacy is still changing lives.   

Here’s the good news.   

Your life can make a lasting impact on everyone you come into contact with. Through a leadership of humility, your motives can be understood, your objectives aligned with and your team solely committed to the shared mission.   

Breakthrough Leadership is impossible without genuine humility.

Through Humility your Leadership will make a lasting mark on the world!

Add your comments to the conversation: As a leader, what is the lasting impact you want to leave? Are you allowing humility to work within your leadership? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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