WOW! Just listened to Malcom Gladwell as he shared an incredible talk on humility. He is a phenomenal story teller and did an amazing job giving giving context to the stories he told. He was captivating and had us at the edge of our seats.
The context of his message was really quite simple and yet unbelievably challenging. The lesson I took away was that, “In times of crisis we think we need daring and bold leadership and decision making. But what we really need his humility!”
Gladwell shared stories and examples from the Civil War, the financial crisis from 1929, and the current economic crisis. In each of those situations there were people in control that were not inept. They were overconfident and unwilling to listen to counsel! He said that we can become trapped by our overconfidence and this can be more damaging and dangerous than incompetence.