This week I am writing on one our themes, being humble. So, the questions are: what does that mean and what does it look like? Well, the definition as given by Merriam Webster, describes it as something ranked low by others. So, does that mean we should rank ourselves low?
In my humble opinion, I think it means ranking ourselves below others. It’s the understanding that without the hard work and diligence of those around us, we wouldn’t accomplish much. So, no I don’t think we rank ourselves low, but instead understand that we are part of much broader system and understand that by putting others ahead of ourselves, we can push the system forward.
What does this look like? I believe this goes back to a lesson given by Dr. Whitters on servant leadership. It’s about looking for the needs of others and placing those before our own. We achieve far more by putting the needs of the team first rather than focusing on ourselves.
Being humble isn’t about how low we place our own value, but instead about placing other’s needs before our own. Not to get overly biblical, but it works nicely, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”— Proverbs 11:2