When things don’t go your way, let them go someone else’s. What does it mean to be completely gentle and humble in the workplace? Theologian John Brown suggests that gentleness is “power under control.” Gentleness is not passivity. It’s active. And it’s strong! Much like humility, it requires a secure sense of self and an awareness of one’s strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. (Or even the soft skills that tell us blind spots exist!) When humble leaders display gentleness, there is room for everyone to win.
Would you describe yourself as a gentle leader? As you go about the rest of your week, find ways to celebrate the wins that come from the ideas of others. It’ll be a good test of your humility and patience.