(Humility) You first, please…
Humility is thinking about others before you think about yourself.
Humility is the self-confidence that you don’t need to be the center of attention. You accept and acknowledge the work, the talents, the abilities and the authority of others.
Humility brings authentic happiness, an inner peace. Humility is admitting…right up front…that you made a mistake, that you are human. It is learning and moving on.
Truth and humility are inseparable.
Pretending to be humble is obvious by actions--the amount of space you leave in your life for others and the amount of space consumed with yourself. False humility is downplaying your talents and accomplishments to receive praise or adulation from others.
Some of the thinking that brought me to this topic
• To work in the communications business, you have to think of the audience, to recognize you are not the target audience.
• To work in teams, you have to recognize the synergy of ideas is better than yours alone.
• To work in an organization, you need to recognize there are many workers at all levels who deal with customers and you will create better communications when you listen to what all coworkers can tell you. You need to thank the person who did the work, rather than take credit for someone else’s work.
Rosa Say from Hawaii has an excellent blog entry on ‘humility in the workplace’. After working 24 years in Hawaii’s hospitality industry, she founded Say Leadership Coaching. Please, please read it.
The Humility Test from Queendom, the Land of Tests, out of Montreal. (You will get lost in all these tests with instant scores and comments.) Their credibility statement says, “Our tests are developed by a team of experienced developers led by Ilona Jerabek, PhD. Each test is well researched and developed according to APA (American Psychological Association) standards for educational and psychological testing.”
A humility test of 41 questions that has some merit in my opinion, posted on an Oklahoma City church Web site, http://www.tbcokc.org/brokenness1.htm
“The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility”
--Charles Caleb Colton, English cleric, writer and collector of aphorisms and short essays on conduct (1780-1832)