I used to think humility meant downplaying your own opinion and giving in to others. I’ve come to learn that isn’t what humility is all about.
For me, humility is:
- Taking the next right action and accepting that I cannot control the outcome, only my response to the outcome.
- Leading from the front, but taking a step back and allowing another team member to lead when I know she has more knowledge/skill/strength than I do in the area that’s needed to complete the task.
- Immediately taking responsibility when a decision I made turns out to be the wrong decision, or an action the wrong action.
- Understanding and accepting that the only thing I can control is myself, and that isn’t always easy; it takes practice to control my thoughts and emotions.
- Acting with integrity at all times, while being mindful when my brain tells me I’m acting with integrity when it’s really my ego.
What does humility mean to you?