Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership Review

Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership
Average Reviews:

(More customer reviews)
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. The author admits that his perspective is that of a historian and not an experienced leader, and the scope of his references to leadership books is fairly narrow, with Jim Collins, John Kotter and the Harvard Business Review getting a fairly good workout, but that does not detract from the validity of what he has to say. I highly recommend this book to business and church leaders.

Click Here to see more reviews about: Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership

Speaker and historian John Dickson shows how the virtue of humility was an important character trait for the 'greats' of history and figures prominently in the findings of psychology and sociology. Developing humility can transform your personal relationships and professional dealings.

Buy NowGet 35% OFF

Click here for more information about Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership


Post a Comment