Humility on the Job

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Michelle is that rare CEO who makes everyone around her feel like the most important person in the room. She wants people's opinions. When someone speaks, no matter who, she listens. Her secretary is as important to her as the chairman. When her company earns praise, she spreads the credit. And she means it.

Plain and simple, that's humility on the job. Humility replaces "I" with "we"—often publicly—and the payoff is a stronger "we." Employees see that their contributions are visible and that they matter. Everyone's job has more meaning.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. What a leader gives up in a moment of self-applause, she gains in long-term loyalty and love of the job at every level—in the high calling of our daily work.

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."
(1 Pet. 5:5)

Image by Ville Oksanen. Used with Permission. Source via Flickr.

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