Most effective MSP business leaders know who they are and openly share their true selves with others. They’re meek and humble, remembering that business success is not all about them, but about the contributions of their staff. Great leaders need courage and boldness to guide their teams, but they also need to know when to listen. Business leaders who can set aside their egos and show sincere interest in their staff, demonstrate a humbleness that builds trust, loyalty, and authority.
Practicing Humbleness Develops Trusting Relationships
Creating an environment where your team members can speak freely about business problems and solutions, you build genuine relationships and improve business productivity. If you have the confidence to admit your mistakes, your humility will have a positive influence on your team. Building trusting relationships involves less time giving orders and more time asking, listening and acknowledging your team’s suggestions. You’ll find that when you practice humility in your MSP business, it facilitates your staff’s willingness to get the job done.
Being a humble leader means dedicating yourself to creating a business atmosphere dedicated to the well-being of your staff. Use every opportunity to show your team that you couldn’t run your business without them. Let them know that you don’t have all the answers and that you need their collaboration to increase productivity for a high-performing business.
Confidence and Humility Go Hand-in-Hand
Although it seems contradictory, balancing your self-confidence and humility is necessary for effective leadership. Being confident doesn’t mean being arrogant and close-minded. Having confidence means you’re sure of your abilities yet have a healthy self-perception that allows you to demonstrate humility.
When you’re confident, you’re open and honest with your staff. You don’t worry that they’ll see your humility as a sign of weakness. Your self-awareness allows you to grow as a leader, encouraging your staff to use their talents and encourage their thinking.
Are You a Humble Leader?
If you can answer, “Yes” to the following questions, then you demonstrate the humility of a great leader:
- Do you have a humble and self-confident mindset?
- Are you aware of your own strengths and weaknesses?
- Do you focus on the success of the team, rather than yourself?
- Do you understand and empathize with others?
- Do you connect with your team, keeping your ego in check?
- Do you realize that you can’t do it all alone, asking your team for help?
- Do you help build the confidence of your staff?
- Do you listen to the needs of your employees?
- Do you try to understand the issues through other’s eyes?
- Do you ask instead of telling?
Even if you discover that you’re missing some of these qualities, or maybe you’re exhibiting confidence that approaches arrogance, you can learn to be humble with practice. Just like any other skill, working on humbleness will eventually come as second nature to you. Practice being humble in a wide variety of situations, from everyday conversations to complex business tasks.
Always Ask Questions
One of the most important factors in building relationships as a leader is to ask questions, so your staff can respond in a positive way without feeling offended. In today’s diverse MSP atmosphere, it’s essential to ask questions that help you understand your customers and employees who come from culturally diverse backgrounds and occupational skills.
Use open communication to build your employees’ trust, mutual respect and recognize them by asking rather than telling. Your genuine self-confidence and humbleness will draw out the concerns of your staff and customers. Humble MSP business leadership is all about building trusting relationships with sincere interest in what your staff has to say.