4 Leadership Practices that Enrich You and Inspire Others

Humility is a way of seeing others.

The first practice of humility is seeing others as trustworthy.

Extend trust:

If there’s no risk, it’s not trust.

Bob Chapman believes, “Trust is given, not earned.” It still freaks me out.

You begin thinking that trust is about others, but come to realize it’s about you.

Humility extends what ego withholds – trust.


Ego feels superior by finding fault.

“There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we expected.” Henry David Thoreau

Ego-driven superiority results in distrust of those “inferior” others. You don’t trust because you’ve been burned. The courage of humility is its willingness to extend trust.

In the end, distrust is like tying a swimmer’s feet.

4 leadership practices of humility:

  1. Give people opportunity to rise. Stop weighing them down.
  2. Free yourself from micromanaging.
  3. Infuse the practice of accountability and follow-up with importance and meaning. Trust isn’t blindness.
  4. Say, “I’m counting on you.” Egotistical leaders only count on themselves.


I’m not trusting a carpenter to fill a cavity in my tooth, even if he thinks he can do it. Confident ignorance is dangerous.

Limit trust to competence and character.

You can trust people to repeat the past. You can also trust them to grow. Trust is the ground where people grow into who they might be.

Anyone who develops others learns to trust them to rise to new challenges. You can trust people to learn and grow, if you trust them.

Stephen M.R. Covey adds “smart” to trust. Extend smart trust. If you’re a trusting person, evaluate a little more. If you’re a skeptical person, extend trust more frequently.

What connections do you see between humility and trust?

What are your thoughts about broken trust and second chances?

Added resource: Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, Bob Chapman.