Great leaders are rarely inspired by their own success. Rather, they view personal success as a necessary step on the ladder that leads to the elevated platform of leadership, where they can observe those they lead and find and nurture talent. In his groundbreaking work on leadership, Jim Collins tells us that truly great leaders, who accomplish sustainable success for their companies or their countries, have two characteristics in common; personal humility and professional will.
They don't take credit for the success of their endeavors, even when the evidence demonstrates that they were the catalyst for greatness within their corporations. And more often than not, they take responsibility for the failure of their efforts, even when the blame clearly lies elsewhere.