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Exhibit humility, not weakness

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Q. My boss told me I’m a weak manager—that I’m too humble, that I defer to others, dither rather than make quick, decisive decisions and I’m too eager to apologize. To me, that’s the kind of humility great leaders embody. Am I right?

A. There’s a difference between humility and weakness. I’ll admit I’ve struggled with humility. The trappings that come with the nicest office can separate you from the everyday experience of people huddled in cramped cubicles. A healthy ego is a byproduct of all that comes with being CEO. The challenge, regardless of your position, is to maintain a sense of humility even as you keep excelling and outshining your peers. Weakness is really cowardice—being afraid to make mistakes, take a stand, make a bold move, be accountable.

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