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What really (I mean REALLY) gets you fired up every day? Is it that little victory with your staff where they finally “got it”? Is it closing that deal or delivering on time to one of your most difficult customers? For all of us, we have those “fist pumping” moments where our best shines and the hard work, gifts and talents all come together. Doesn’t it feel good? You live for these moments, and it’s easy to leave our thumbs in our lapel for too long. As effective leaders it’s critical for us to stay grounded in the midst of the “fist pumping.” Humility is in the heart of a great leader. The English word “humble”, comes from the Latin word “humus” which means “of the ground or earth.” The humble leader celebrates victories with and for her team, not in spite of them. For the leader, the victory is about the success of the team and to build them up for the next battle.

Jeff Harmon

Jeff Harmon is the president of Brilliance Within Coaching & Consulting which specializes in developing servant leaders while helping them translate their strategies into actionable plans that drive business results. Jeff is the author of “The Anatomy of a Principled Leader.” Jeff has been developing leaders for nearly 20 years and has led the execution of over 100,000 hours of business strategy for information technology, financial services and non-profit organizations.

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