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April 28, 2021

Importance of Humility in Your Career

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Within every profession, there are certain characteristics that will propel you further in your career and create blooming relationships with your colleagues. A few of these characteristics include good leadership, communication, time management and collaboration. However, one of the lesser mentioned traits is humility.

There are many individuals out there who may think humility is the last thing they need in their careers. After all, we are taught to have confidence in ourselves and share our wins with potential employees. Wouldn’t humility do the opposite?

Contrary to this belief, humility does not mean there is an absence of confidence. It also does not mean you need to hide all your accomplishments from others.

What Are Some Ways to Practice Humility?

Humble individuals can still celebrate their accomplishments, but in doing so, they will also commend the other individuals who helped them along the way. They won’t make their accomplishments all about themselves but will instead share those achievements with others. Even if it is something they accomplished all on their own, they might celebrate in a way that says, “I’m so grateful I had this opportunity to use my talents. I’m looking forward to future opportunities. Thank you all for your kind words!”

Additionally, humility can be practiced in the workplace by appreciating your colleagues’ strengths, admitting to your own mistakes, having an open mind, learning from others, seeking feedback and apologizing if you made a mistake that affects others.

What Impact Could This Make?

By practicing humility in your career, you could make a much larger impact on your profession or organization than you might first think. Firstly, practicing this humility cultivates meaningful relationships in the workplace. When others are able to see the confident yet humble approach you take to your role every day, they will trust you more and feel comfortable leaving big responsibilities in your hands. Because of the relationships you build, you could have some promotional opportunities come your way due to the reputation you’ve made for yourself.

With this same sort of attitude, you’ll create a more inclusive environment where employees feel welcome at work. Establishing this presence with your employees will encourage them to take the same approach to their work and leadership style, as well. Overall, this will most likely end up with a team of satisfied employees who wish to stay with the company long-term. Even if you are not in a leadership role as of yet, being a humble employee shows your commitment and care for your position through both big and small moments.

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