Humility leadership in business is like salt in your food. If you forget to add it then the food becomes tasteless and hard to consume. Leaders need to make sure that they taste the food before serving it. But most of us forget to do that due to time consumption and ignorance. So what is the solution?
Humility and leadership can go hand in hand
As leaders we should address the situation with an open mind. Frontlines are the ultimate answer to everything ignorant. Humility is the secret ingredient that leaders need to add while engaging with them. Exceptional leadership starts from making humility a habit.
At Jaipur Rugs we adhere to totality. It treats everyone equal yet unique. It starts and ends, but never dies. Our business is built on the bedrock of values with its core being humility in leadership. This means that we tap into the creative capacity of those in society that are disadvantaged or rejected. With their help, we not only create the most distinct design of the highest quality, but are also able to capture the blessings of the disadvantaged such as the artisans and their families. This blessing derives from their passion and devoted labour as they receive the opportunity to grow their fortunes, self-worth and pride-and which then transforms into our products. As a result, a Jaipur Rug’s customer will receive the most beautiful, highest quality design together with the blessing of an artisan’s family.
What do we mean by exceptional leaders?
Exceptional leadership qualities include looking beyond the obvious and paying close attention to the details because that is when we realise our limitations and ignorance. By engaging with my artisans and their families, I tried to resolve the ownership gap which otherwise would’ve been a major obstacle. It is because of them, my dream became a reality.
Another important humility leadership trait is also to show people that no work is less important. We realised there was a gap between the artisans and the end product. They were disconnected from their art and worked as labourers. Therefore, to bring back the dignity of the artisans we developed a program called ‘Artisan Engagement Program,’ where they are given a chance to experience the art they create. During these visits, I also make sure to have a one on one interaction with the artisans.
Humility leadership brings more meaning to business. Often what matters is those small things you do to make your business run smoothly irrespective of the position you hold. Creating a culture of humility is the need of the hour. So are you ready to be a part of preserving this culture?