One of the most important lessons I have learned from Professor Clayton Christensen, one of the most celebrated thought leaders on disruptive innovation from Harvard University is on humility.
Prof Clay Christensen is of the view that:
Humility is a fundamental byproduct of confidence, not modesty or self-deprecation.
The people in my life whom I most admire for their prowess in a given area the most are both confident in themselves and confident in their abilities to accomplish the task at hand.
What I have learned from my mentors and other people I deem as successful is that:
Humble people do not need external validation.
Humble people have quiet confidence.
And, the corollary of that observation, that arrogance and ego fundamentally stems from insecurity intuitively made sense to me as well.
According to Prof Christensen, humble people stood out because: They had a high level of self-esteem. They knew who they were, and they felt good about whom they were.
Good behavior flows naturally from that kind of humility.
You can be humble only if you feel good about yourself.
Humility comes from confidence.