One of the most surprising things about books on business strategy and organization is the emphasis on humility. These books have given me a lot to think about as I consider the application of humility to daily life.
For example, in Marshall Goldsmith’s helpful book What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There, he explains his work with successful people who could not move up any further because of some significant character flaw. Most of these flaws were rooted in pride.
Goldsmith provides a list of 21 character flaws that he has seen in working with various executives. They include:
- passing the buck–refusing to take responsibility for what happens under your watch;
- the desire to add value to every conversation by throwing in your two cents;
- continually beginning sentences with the words “no,” “but,” and “however” in a way that makes people think, “I’m right, and you’re wrong”;
- feeling the need to answer every suggestion rather than just saying “thank you.”
I have learned a lot from these books. They have shown me very practical ways to show humility that I would most likely not have learned in other ways.
In light of that, it’s worth considering: what is the difference between secular humility and Christian humility? In saying this, let me be clear that I’m not describing the difference between particular secular individuals and Christian individuals. Rather, what different perspective does Christianity provide on the subject of humility? Continue reading “The Difference Between Secular & Christian Humility”