Humility can make an important contribution to our work life.
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Humility, properly understood, can make an important contribution to our spiritual and psychological flourishing, and can have very important benefits for our work life.
It is helpful to think of humility as having to do with a reduced focus on one’s own self. The person with humility is less concerned with maintaining a high degree of self-importance, or high social status, and is therefore more open to information and insights from others, whether it supports his or her own viewpoint or not. This can be very important in our work life.
If we are more open to information that has not been filtered through our own ego needs, we are more likely see things as they really are and to act with wisdom. We are also more likely appreciate other people, and the contribution they make; this is bound to lead to stronger relationships, greater collaboration, and more effective leadership.
By clearing away excessive self concern, humility can help us to engage life more deeply and be more fully alive. And this is bound to be enormously valuable in our daily life, and for the people with whom we come in contact.