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Being self-assured, bold, and forthright are common attributes of successful lawyers. However, understatement is a key way to get results.

When we think of traits leaders typically exhibit, many come to mind – including strength, charisma, enthusiasm, and vision. Big egos, self-promotion, and driving the team hard are often the norms for leaders in competitive environments.

But experts are now beginning to recognise the importance of humbleness in leading. Being humble takes confidence. Humble leaders recognise their mistakes, learn from others, give credit where credit is due, and keep their egos in check. When talking to leaders, I often reflect on the work of Jim Collins, author of Good to Great. Collins notes that those displaying the best traits of leadership build enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.

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