CHAPTER 2The Second Cornerstone of Character: Humility

[The highest level of leadership] buildsenduring greatness through a paradoxical blendof personal humility and professional will.

James C. “Jim” Collins (1958–)American business consultant, lecturer, and authorGood to Great (2001)

Does Humility Really Matter?

The second cornerstone of character is humility. People will tell you politely that humility is important, but most don’t really believe it. As an attribute, humility has a weak public reputation and a bad name. People think it’s soft, cowering, and acquiescent when in fact the opposite is true. So my first job is to puncture that myth. The bottom line is that humility is a performance accelerator. It allows you to develop, grow, and ...

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