Leading with Humility

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:34 PM PDT

 Seattle University prides itself on educating leaders for a just and humane world. How does their Jesuit education impact their leadership style? 

Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission invite you to take a deeper look at Ignatian leadership at our May 8th SU Advantage | Networking Night featuring an alumni panel led by Fr. Steven Sundborg, Seattle University president.  The panel will discuss Ignatian-inspired, those who serve and lead, and humbly strive to works with others to shape an inspiring future.

Panelist and Seattle U alumnus, Rob Nielsen,'06, started challenging the idea of authoritative leadership while still a student at Seattle University. During a class discussion on charismatic leaders with Albers School of Business and Economics professor, Jennifer Marrone, Nielsen pointed out that the great leaders they were studying were not only charismatic, but humble as well. 


Nielsen’s observation intrigued Professor Marrone, leading to the development of a joint research paper and eventually the book “ Leading with Humility,” co-written by Marrone, Nielsen and Albers professor, Holly Ferraro. 
“There are three key components to leading with humility” Nielsen explains, “Understanding of self, relating to others and perspective.”
According to their book, “Humble leaders consider their own strengths, weaknesses and motives in making decisions, demonstrating concern for the common good, and exercising their influence for the benefit of all.”
Nielsen cites Costco’s Jim Sinegal as an example of a Seattle U alumnus who exudes these leadership qualities. “I heard him speak at a Seattle University event and he talked about understanding his own strengths and weaknesses and he possessed a strong sense of self in relationship to how he worked with others around him.” 
Seattle University instills these leadership qualities in their graduates, as well as an awareness of the world around them and the impact that they can have has leaders. Nielsen says his biggest take away from Seattle U was the desire to be a quality leader in the community. Upon his graduation from Seattle University, Nielsen served the board of the University District Food Bank, before going on to serve as board president of the Crisis Clinic
As a graduate of Seattle University do you consider yourself as a humble leader? What do you think are the characteristics of an effective leader?
Join us on May 8th to discover more about what it means to lead with humility and how Ignatian values can inspire  great leadership. 
SU Advantage | Networking Event
Ignatian-Inspired Leadership
May 8, 2014