Why is Humility Important?

      Humility is an important personality characteristic.  What is
humility?   I have defined humility as, "Humility is the willingness to
acknowledge one's shortcomings and to present one's positive
attributes in an accurate way."  (Bell, n.d.).  It is important to
consider why humility is important.  Humility may be important
because it allows one to make better decisions, build rapport,
achieve personal growth, and resolve conflicts.

Better Decisions

Being humble may lead to better decisions.  This may be true
because humility may foster critical thinking.  If a person  
acknowledges his or her weaknesses, then there may be greater
critical thinking.   The person may consider reasons why a strategy
may not work and consider alternatives.

Building Rapport

    A person who is humble may be liked more by others.  This may
be true because people feel more comfortable talking to someone
who is humble.  Moreover, people may trust a person who is humble
to a greater degree.  Greater trust may lead to greater liking.

Personal Growth

   Personal growth involves becoming a better person.  If a person
cannot accept his or her weaknesses, then it may be difficult to
become a better person.  The person who denies weaknesses may
not take responsibility for negative behaviors and may not strive for
self-improvement.  The first step in becoming a better person may
involve assessing one's weaknesses.  The second step may involve a
plan for self-improvement.  A significant sense of humility may be
essential to achieve these steps.

Resolving Conflicts

     Some conflicts may stem from conflicting views.  A person who is
humble may be more likely to accept that he or she is wrong.  This
could help to resolve conflicts.  This may be true because the person
is able to adopt the perspective of the other person.  Feeling that
someone appreciates one's views may reduce hurt feelings.


Bell, B. (n.d.)  What is humility?  Received August 21,
2017 from www.bluefoxcom.com/what-is-humility