RSS Valuing Humility in your Organization

Humility is a funny thing. It is seen by some as one of the most important characteristics of wisdom, and by others as a sign of weakness.

The following quote was recently forwarded to me; “The natural outgrowth of curiosity is humility, which gives you the intellectual integrity to acknowledge that you still have a lot to learn and also to admit when you are wrong.” I am not sure who the author of this quote is, but the significance of the statement is invaluable.

A history of humility

 Most of us have had to learn the hard way about the value of humility. In this post I will make a few personal observations about the importance of humility in the work place, and how it can benefit your organizational culture.

We have all experienced what it feels like to be in constant contact with an individual who has to be right. It’s particularly difficult if this individual is a colleague, and it can be debilitating if they are your supervisor or leader.


The role of humility in leaders

 Leaders are expected to personify knowledge, strength and conviction. Because of this expectation they often must learn to be curious about their subordinates and process information quickly in order to formulate decisions.

This need to move rapidly and maintain curiosity however does not always yield the most reliable information or lead to the most effective solutions. Given this reality, it’s no wonder organizational-leaders may have difficulty acknowledging errors in judgment.

A humble employee is a valued asset

As employees we often see individuals at work held accountable for poor decisions. But we may not see who holds organizational-leaders accountable, which may be frustrating if a leader of the company adversely affects an individual employee or their team.

The most respected leaders hold themselves accountable. They value the integrity of their organization and each individual who contributes to the organization more than their own self esteem needs.

It’s not easy to demonstrate humility in the work place, but maintaining the perspective that there is always more to learn is critically important. Having the personal fortitude and integrity to admit to your mistakes will foster a cultural environment is both valuable and sustainable.

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Executive Vice President
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