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Humility is a character strength that helps you have a balanced and accurate understanding of yourself and the world around you. It’s also the Mightifier Strength of the Month in November!

Here in Finland, the home country of Mightifier, we are very familiar with humility. Finns are known for being humble, sometimes even too much… But as we know, too much of anything is not good for you. You are awesome – and you are allowed to be!

Have you ever stopped to think that rocking humility could be a sign of awesomeness too? One perfect example is the fact that humility is especially appreciated in leaders. Humble managers in a high ranking actually attract high quality employees. That’s because understanding others’ perspectives and appreciating employees’ needs generates higher levels of job engagement and performance. [1]

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less!”

Like all character strengths, humility is something you are born with. And like all character strengths, you can develop this one too. Here are three Mighty Tips for using and practicing humility, while proudly being the awesome person you are.

 

1. Strength spotting

Humble person, whether they are the leader or a team member, understands that they are not the smartest person in every situation. And they don’t have to be! If you have a realistic understanding of your own strengths, there’s no need to overcompensate or underestimate your strengths and abilities. And if you know what your peers are awesome at, you can feel at ease when you leave their specialties for them to handle.

Discuss everyone’s top strengths together with the team. Here’s one example how:

  1. Everyone lists their own Top 3 strengths.
  2. Every other member of the team selects one top strength for each colleague
  3. Take turns: share your Top 3 strength with your team and let them tell you what they selected for you. Take it all in proudly, because you deserve it!

 

2. Focus on a friend

Have a conversation with a friend, family member or a colleague that’s completely focused on them. This is not only a chance for you to practice humility, but a chance to learn more about that person too.

It is super easy to go on about your day and not really pay attention to the people around you. Have you sometimes asked your co-worker how their weekend was? And after they answered you just carried on with your day. Next time you ask someone, really do pay attention to their answer! Ask more questions and learn more. What did your co-worker do? What was the best part? And how do they feel about the upcoming week?

Make sure to listen more than you speak yourself. Showing appreciation and interest in others is also your chance to show everyone the wonderful colleague you are!

 

3. Multitask with character strengths

Character strengths are closely connected to one another so use other strengths too to develop your humility. Do at least one action of each kindness, fairness and generosity.

Examples of kindness: Help someone you don’t know. Open a door for someone. Send positive feedback to a restaurant or shop that offered you great service.

Examples of fairness: Borrow your charger to a colleague. Let someone with only a few items pass you in a grocery store line. Give your seat on a bus to someone who needs it more.

Examples of generosity: Donate your time to a charity. Let someone else have the last piece of cake from the office fridge. Bake cookies and bring some for your co-workers too.

 

Yay! Easy, isn’t it? The best part in these exercises is that all of them help you develop yourself, but in the process make someone else happy too!

Thanks for reading and have a mighty awesome time boosting your humility!

 

References:
[1] Ou, A. Y., Tsui, A. S. & Kinicki, A. J. 2014. Humble Chief Executive Officers’ Connections to Top Management Team Integration and Middle Managers’ Responses. Adminstrative Science Quarterly, 59(1), 34–72.

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