Oh Lord, it’s Hard to be Humble… (Part 6)

6 Things Humble People Do to Get Ahead at Work

Hey Diligent Leaders, today I want to talk to you about success at work. When you think of humility, do you think of job success? You should. In fact, studies have shown humility is one of the number one traits of CEOs. You better believe humility is one of those traits your bosses are looking for when it comes time for your annual review.

So, where do you begin? Let’s examine 6 things humble people do to get ahead at work:

Learn How to Take a Compliment

The biggest mistake people make in thinking humility is that they need to brush off compliments. This is the furthest thing from the truth. The humble person thanks the person for their kind words, but also acts inclusively of the other members on the team. For example, you might say, “Thank you, but I couldn’t have done it without…”

Learn how to Contribute in a Positive Way

There’s more to presenting an idea than just sharing your knowledge. The humble person again thinks of others. When offering up an opinion, always acknowledge somehow what the person before you just said. “____ brought up an important point. How about we…”

Ask Questions

Anytime you ask a question, you’re acting as an active participant in the conversation. This also encourages other people to talk and share their knowledge.

Show Common Courtesy

When you treat everyone you meet with kindness and compassion, you show the world your humility. Ideally, you should exhibit the same courtesy you would show the CEO to any fellow employee, whether manager, co-worker, or janitor.

Resist One-upmanship

Nothing is worse than getting caught into a bragging match at work. The nice thing about being humble? You don’t need to get involved. Let others try to outdo one another. The humble person lets their work speak for itself.

Seek out Feedback

The humble person recognizes they have flaws and are willing to work to improve themselves. Asking for feedback tells the powers that be you’re eager to learn. Proverbs tells us that plans succeed when we seek counsel.  The key here? Don’t forget to act on this information once you have it.

Humility at work should ideally become second nature. Pay attention to your actions, but also pay attention to your reactions. By being mindful and practicing these six items, you’ll find your work-life makes a dramatic shift for the better. The surest way to make this happen? Give it time and as always, be consistent in what you do.

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