Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Humility has Been one of my Keys to Success

It was validating to learn that one of Dwight Eisenhower's key character traits was his perceived humility. Michael Korda, in his biography IKE: An American Hero points out:
It was part of Dwight Eisenhower's genius that he never wanted to appear 'to know more than the other fellow,' or embarrass anyone if it could be avoided.
My wife used to chide me for talking too much about myself, what I knew, what I did...I took my cues from her early on and internalized the notion that most people appreciate those who don't "show off" and who apply themselves to helping others when necessary. I've gained more respect over time by applying my knowledge and skills only when needed and only when called upon.

This post is part of my "Leadership Lessons From American Presidents" series.

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