John Dickson taught at Leadership Summit on the importance of humility for leadership. It's critical for life and relationships too, which I suppose are all places where we lead.
While it's a common word, it's not unusual for people to ask me, "What does it mean to be humble?" He described it in terms of 5 characteristics.
- Humility is common sense.
- What we can't do far exceeds what we can do.
- Humility is a reflection of the deep foundations of reality.
- Humility is beautiful.
- We are more attracted to the great who are humble than to the great who want us to know it.
- Humility is generative.
- It is the place of growth.
- For the wise person, criticism, even untrue, will bring incredible growth.
- Humility is persuasive.
- The most believable people are the people who are believed to have your best interest at heart.
- Humble people have character and are trustworthy.
- Humble people have more influence to be be believed.
- Humility is inspiring.
- When leaders appear transparent or approachable, we believe we can be like them.
- The humble person maximizes the potential of others by building others up rather than them self.