Leadership Tip: Exercising Humility

7:07 AM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
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Every Monday and Wednesday, Dr. William Cummings shares leadership tips on Eyewitness News Mornin'.

Monday's Tip focused on the art of humility.

Here's what Dr. C. had to say:

"When we use the word humility we usually mean something sad and downcast, and I guess I thought of it that way too, until I met Danny Kaye."

"Back in the 70's, Danny Kaye's name and face were familiar to people all over the world.  He entertained the Queen of England and the King of Norway.  His movies played in every city of America.  Yet this man sat next to me for 5 hours on a plane from San Francisco to New York, and I've never met a more humble man."
"It took me months to analyze that 5-hour conversation with one of Hollywood's greatest celebrities, but I finally came up with the answer.
"Danny Kaye didn't deny his talents; he didn't think less of his accomplishments.  He knew they were outstanding.  He just didn't dwell on them. 

"When I asked him about winning the Oscar, he asked me about my family.   We traded pictures of our children instead of pictures of his hit movies .

"Humility is not defacing.  It does not demand that you deny your talents.  Humility is simply a matter of focus.  Are you focused on yourself, or on the person you are with?  Are you focused on what you know, or on what the other person knows?

"Leaders understand that humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's just thinking of yourself-- less."

To hear more of Dr. C.'s segments, search 13WMAZ.com for 'Leadership Tip'. 

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