My new book, ‘The Humble Leader’ launches today. It’s a short book, a beautiful one i hope, that acts as a guided reflection on humility in Social Leadership.
Whilst this is the shortest book that i’ve ever written (i am rarely accused of brevity), in some ways it’s been the hardest, and it’s taken the longest! Not because of the complexity, but because of the fragility.
Much of my work is about systems, about movement and effect. It is, i hope, purposeful. And shared openly. My work is imperfect, and rightfully so: it’s exploratory and unsure.
I ground this work in research and practice: not to share ‘the’ truth, but to find direction.
The research tells us that humility is important: people value it in their leaders, and aspire to it themselves. But it’s a hard subject to talk about.
I cannot really tell you to be more humble, and i am unlikely to wake up on Tuesday morning and decide that i should be more humble by 11AM.
Perhaps because ‘humility’ is less a specific behaviour or list of things, but rather a judgement upon our overall mindset, intent, our action and impact. In that sense, it’s a very active thing: not a dusty belief in a cabinet, but an active judgement upon our everyday work.
I am nervous to see this book fly: it is, in some ways, a work of vulnerability. Some people will hate it i am sure. Some will see it as irrelevant. I’m kind of ok with that: they may be right.
Humility is not ‘an answer’, but it’s certainly important. In a civil society that is increasingly divided, in Organisations that are often both culturally fractured and striving for social purpose and accountability, and in the loneliness of leadership, we could do worse than spending some time in reflection, together.
Anyway: here it is. It’s possibly the most beautiful book i’ve produced, i have done my best with it.
The leaves represent the things we leave behind, the certainty and belief that we can let go of.
You can find The Humble Leader here.
This work has been bought to life through the generous support of hundreds of Kickstarter backers around the world, who have given me the space, trust, and permission to write it. I am eternally grateful for their support.