Choose Humble Strength Over Arrogant Weakness

The following readers won copies of The Vagrant because they left a comment on yesterday’s post:

  1. Rachel Hines
  2. Douglas Camburn
  3. Andrea Westbrook
  4. Lyndon B. Risser
  5. Cato Thomas

The book, “The Vagrant: The Inner Journey of Leadership,” is a cautionary tale about a leader who could use just a touch more humility. It’s my story. It might be yours.

Arrogance stumbles over itself.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. Image of Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan.

Choose Humble Strength Over Arrogant Weakness

  1. Humility strengthens; arrogance weakens (even though it presents the illusion of strength).
  2. Humility learns; arrogance knows.
  3. Humble leaders submit to noble values and don’t bend. Arrogant leaders are governed by personal convenience and self-serving advantage.
  4. Humility listens; arrogance tells.
  5. Humility serves; arrogance leaves a trail of exploitation.
  6. Humble leaders pour into others. Arrogant leaders need you to pour into them.
  7. Humility opens hearts; arrogance builds walls.
  8. Humility pulls with; arrogance stands aloof.
  9. Humble leaders connect; arrogant leaders pull away.
  10. Humility gives rise to empathy; arrogance produces indifference.
  11. Humility seeks to understand; arrogance seeks to explain.
  12. Humility presses forward; arrogance has arrived.
  13. Humility trusts; arrogance doubts.
  14. Humility collaborates; arrogance isolates.
  15. Humility seeks feedback; arrogance rejects criticism.
  16. Humility promotes growth; arrogance offends potential.

Humble leaders ask:

  1. What can we learn?
  2. What could we do better?
  3. What causes others to flourish?
  4. What are my most useful contributions?


Skills are important for success, but humility is necessary. Choose a less skilled humble leader over a more skilled arrogant leader every time.

Arrogant leaders might succeed but they’re not successful. 

Every leadership skill is made beautiful by humility.

The noble pursuit:

Humility is always pursued, never attained. Always practiced, never simply talked about.

Leadership is first about humility then about skills.

Which item(s) on the above list seem most relevant to you?

What’s a simple way a leader could practice humility today?

We’re choosing 5 people who leave a comment on today’s post to receive a complimentary copy of The Vagrant, my new book co-authored with John David Mann.

If you don’t win today, you have one more chance tomorrow!

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