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Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership by [Dickson, John]
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'I am a firm believer, as is John Dickson, that people with humility don't think less of themselves; they just think of themselves less. Read Humilitas and develop a culture of humility in your organization.' -- Ken Blanchard, Coauthor, The One Minute Manager and Lead with Luv <br><br>

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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. Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership 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 recognizes 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.


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  • File Size: 2928 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4UTAY
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By Bret L. Simmons on August 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I purchased "Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership," by John Dickson after hearing him speak at the Global Leadership Summit. Most leaders will never hear about this book, but all who do should consider reading it. It has too much fat for my taste, but the meat is exceptional.

Dickson defines humility as "the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself," such that a "humble person is marked by a willingness to hold power in service of others." (p. 24). By this definition you can see that humility starts from a position of dignity, strength, and a healthy sense of my own worth and abilities. Unlike humiliation, which can be thrust upon me by others, humility is a choice I make willingly. And humility is social, more about how I treat others than about how I think of myself. Bob Sutton has written that the best test of a person's character is how he or she treats those with less power.

Dickson argues that humility is important for leadership because humility is persuasive. Humility unlocks the door to referent power. "We are more attracted to the great who are humble than to the great who know it and want everyone else to know it as well." (p. 69). He quotes Aristotle's belief that character is the controlling factor in persuasion: "We believe good-hearted people to a greater extent and more quickly than we do others on all subjects in general and completely so in cases where there is not exact knowledge but room for doubt." (p. 139). We trust the humble more than the proud to act in our best interest.

Dickson also argues that humility is generative, a powerful key to learning and growth.
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Our contemporary society may have eclipsed the past in terms of science, medicine and technology, but in some things we are "well below par" when compared to the ancients, according to John Dickson in this book. Real wisdom in life and leadership can be found by opening yourself up to centuries of human thinking on subjects such as communication, ethics, human nature, romantic love and natural human rights.

There are plenty of books which have been written about the virtues of humility, but I was intrigued to find out what a historian might have to say about the virtue of humility as applied to leadership. Humility, according to the author, is the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself. Thus true humility presupposes that a person has status and influence, and is not to be confused with low self-esteem or being a doormat.

In subsequent chapters, the author asserts that:

* It is common sense for us to use humility to keep our pride in check.
* We are more attracted to great people who are humble than to those who are not.
* The ancient world admired honour, not humility, but Jesus of Nazareth caused a humility revolution.
* Humility generates learning and growth, and provides a firm basis for self-esteem.
* The humble are frequently more persuasive and inspiring than the arrogant.
* Humility inspires and lifts those around us.
* Humility means treating those who hold contrary beliefs with respect and friendship.

The book is reasonably brief and written in an entertaining style.
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Dickson's study of humility in Humilitas is a wonderful groundbreaking book. It is part study of a virtue throughout history, and part call to personal and spiritual transformation. It is engaging and smart, and I recommend every leader grab this book and read it closely.

As I said, one part of the book discusses the history of humility. It speaks about how humility was depised by many philosophers and leaders in the ancient world. Then, it goes on to show how the whole attitude of ancient culture toward humility changed after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. This is, the author shows, without dispute.

The book also discusses why humility is good, and how humility is effectual in several arenas of life and leadership. In its final section, the author attempts to offer some advice and disciplines to generate humility in one's life.

This book is smart, very readable, and compelling. I would recommend Humilitas to anyone and everyone who wants to be a stronger and a better person.
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I saw John Dickson speak at the 2011 Willow Creek Leadership Summit. I had never heard of him or his book before and I was blown away by his words. The concept of humility is such a lost one in the world today, I don't even know if we define it correctly. In this book he demonstrates that, historically, leaders that are marked with humility are the ones that accomplish great things. Though he brings up Biblical passages this book is in no way solely "Christian".

This book weaves together people and ideas from many times and eras, including present day. He uses the Steve Jobs' inability of showing humility in the iphone 4 "attenagate" and how simply not saying "sorry" and defending themselves was in fact the wrong way of handling it and tarnished their reputation somewhat. He also talks about being a young boy and meeting the irish band U2 in a hotel dining room and how when they approached them, they were warmly welcomed - by a world class band! They were inspired by this exchange. Humility breeds inspiration and respect, and harmony.

You will enjoy this book. Practical, compelling and even needed in today's society.
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