Continuing my ‘mini-series’ inspired by the talk by John Dickson from the Global Leadership Summit, and his book “Humilitas”, I thought I would process how humility challenges us to step out into new things.
Whenever I see someone who displays humility there is something inside me that says ‘I want that’ or ‘I want to do what they do’. It brings inspiration and challenges me to look at how I do things and see if I can do them differently and be more effective. I also find myself in a place of learning. I want to know more about this humble person, what they do, what they are involved in. Is it something that I can become involved in?
Humility also challenges my abilities. Where I might have not considered myself able in some areas, I find that being around a humble person encourages me to stretch myself to do new things, or greater things. I grow in confidence and in ability.
I agree with John Dickson when he says that in the workplace “we are watched more closely and listened to more carefully.” If we understand that humility is a place of growth then we will only do our best at work, using every opportunity to grow, to learn, to understand and to stretch ourselves. We see appraisals and feedback as a learning time, not a time to be feared. They give us opportunity to change how we do things for the better.
As has already been said, humility is a power that is held in the service of others. Therefore, we want to see our colleagues succeed too, so we do everything we can to allow that to happen. We learn that the focus is not on ourselves but always on others.
So, be inspired today. I hope that you see humility displayed today in others and, if not, why don’t you display it for others to see. Step out.
Have you seen humility displayed recently? How did it challenge you?