Humble Yet Bold

In my last post I introduced a saying from Minnesota (now VOBS) Outward Bound School founder Bob Pieh--Be tough yet gentle, humble yet bold, swayed always by beauty and truth. And we discussed the first part, be tough yet gentle.

Humble yet bold describes the ideal qualities of a great leader. Best selling author and researcher Jim Collins identified exactly these characteristics when he described "level 5" leadership in his groundbreaking book, Good To Great. That book came out in 2001. Bob Pieh wrote this in the 1960s. And Outward Bound founder Kurt Hahn began cultivating these qualities when he founded his first school, Salem, in April 1920.  The rest of the world is beginning to discover what all of us who have been associated with Outward Bound have been taught and been doing for its entire history--creating great leaders, who are humble and bold.

Humility is perhaps one of the most misunderstood leadership qualities. With a 24-hour news cycle and the...

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