We are all encouraged to “big ourselves up” as my children would say or to create our personal brand. Do we sometimes get hooked on “us” in this age of celebrity? Do we sometimes get mesmerised by our own self-publicity?
I sometimes watch politicians or CEOs who have lost touch – Lord Owen called it the Hubris Syndrome that results from the intoxicating impact of power. Power has both a positive and a negative effect on people. I have posted before on humility – it is a trait we value in business or instead do we see strength more in the traits of aggression, arrogance, never admitting fault and self-absorption.
I think that humility is about being confident in your strengths and talents, but recognising the limitations in some of your abilities. I would never take a job where I had to directly sell something – I just haven’t got it in me to do the hard sell I have been with and experienced others that are masters of the art. I recognise this and move on and try and focus on what I can do. How often in teams do we focus on what people can’t do rather than the value they actually bring to the table?
Mahatma Gandhi said, “I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.” So, is it a strength or a weakness to be able to apologise when you are in the wrong; a strength or a weakness to avoid conflict rather than create it? Food for thought!