Humility, or holding power loosely for the sake of others, is sorely lacking in today's world. Without it, many people fail to develop their true leadership potential and miss out on genuine fulfillment in their lives and their relationships. This book shows how the virtue of humility can turn your strengths into true greatness in all areas of life. Through the lessons of history, business, and the social sciences, author John Dickson shows that humility is not low self-esteem, groveling, or losing our distinct gifts. Instead, humility both recognises our inherent worth and seeks to use whatever power we have at our disposal on behalf of others. Some of the world?s most inspiring and influential players have been people of immense humility. The more we learn about humility, the more we understand how essential it is to a satisfying career and personal life. By embracing this virtue, we will transform for good the unique contributions we each make to the world.
Thesis: what is humility and why does it matter? -- Leadership: what it is and how humility fits in -- Commonsense: the logic of humility -- Aesthetics: how the humble are beautiful -- Philotimia: why the ancient world didn't like humility -- Cruciform: how a Jew from Nazareth redefined greatness -- Growth: why humility generates abilities -- Persuasion: how character determines influence -- Inspiration: how humility lifts those around us -- Harmony: why humility is better than "tolerance" -- Steps: how it's possible to become (more) humble.