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CEO's Quarterly Message (June 2023)

The Impact of Humility

Humility is a desired trait.

According to Karthik K ( humility is a trait that all great leaders possess and I believe it is an important trait for all Job Corps Center staff. Humility allows Job Corps staff to ask questions when they do not know the answer, seek advice when they need it, and offer help without asking for anything in return. Karthick K presents reasons humility is a desired trait and these reasons have been adapted to accommodate our Job Corps reality.

Humility can develop better communication between staff and students.

When you are humble, you allow other people to have better ideas, and be right. You understand that your perspective is just that…one perspective and not necessarily the TRUTH. When you are humble, you understand that all people have something to teach you and you are open to learning new things. This increases your effectiveness as a staff member and is a great model for students to learn how to behave on center, and upon graduation, in the workforce. Humility increases teamwork and has an added benefit of supporting a healthy center culture where API’s four norms (respect self, respect others, respect community, and strive for excellence) can flourish.

When you are humble you are more aware of the impact you have on others.

Those who hold themselves above everyone else and show an air of superiority have a very hard time exhibiting the respect mentioned in the API norms listed above. It often appears the only respect they have is for themselves and for their own opinions. When someone exhibits humility, they understand that everyone on center matters equally--the Center Director, the cook, the teacher, the maintenance personnel, and the student. The behavior that follows when someone shows everyone the same respect, leads to more creativity, innovation, group cohesiveness, and momentum to “do the right thing.”

When you are humble, you are prone to continuous learning

There is something called hubris which means “excessive pride or self-confidence.” We have all seen what happens to companies who show this trait of excessive pride or self-confidence. Think of the many companies who have gone out of business prior to COVID 19. They went out of business, in part, because they may have refused to acknowledge there were better ideas and ways of doing things. The same thing happens to individuals who stay stuck in the past, exhibit hubris, and refuse to learn. They are quickly replaced by others who know that continuous learning means continuous growth.

Humble staff share their success as a team and center success.

Those who are humble know they play a role in success, but do not overemphasize self-promotion. They understand that success should be shared and will lead to increased morale and the respect mentioned earlier. The staff who learn to share the glory often times find they are in line for promotions and accolades that that did not anticipate, but that come, nevertheless. Humility has many impacts and is a core value we embrace. It leads to greatness. I highly recommend the book, Humble Leadership.

Authors Edgar Schein and Peter Schein recognize the emerging trends of relationship building, diverse workforces, and organizational cultures in which everyone feels psychologically safe, are paramount for a successful organization. They say that Humble Leadership at all levels will be the key to achieving the creativity, adaptiveness, and agility that organizations need to survive and grow. Humbleness can help our Wind River Job Corps and our New Orleans Job Corps be even more successful than they are.

Be the reason someone smiles today.

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