If Humility is your top strength, you do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.

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Virtue Category

Humility falls under the virtue category of Temperance. Temperance deals with strengths that protect us from excess. It is the practiced ability to monitor and manage one's emotions, motivation and behavior in the absence of outside help.

Key Concepts

A common misconception is that humility involves having a low self-esteem, a sense of unworthiness, and/or a lack of self-focus. However, true humility involves an accurate self-assessment, recognition of limitations, keeping accomplishments in perspective, and forgetting of the self. Humble people do not distort information to defend or verify their own image, and they do not need to see-or present- themselves as being better than they actually are. 

Nelson Mandela- A Paragon of Humility

Humility In Action

Humility Motto

Place attention on others.

Exercises for Boosting Humility

  • Resist showing off accomplishments for a week and notice the changes in your interpersonal relationships.
  • Notice if you speak more than others in a group situation.
  • Admit your mistakes and apologize even to those who are younger than you.

Examples of Humility


  • 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
  • The Truman Show
  • Peaceful Warrior
  • Son of the Bride
  • The Pride of the Yankees
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  • Viva La Vida - Coldplay
  • With a Little Help From My Friends - Beatles/Joe Cocker
  • Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
  • You're So Vain - Carly Simon
  • I Feel Pretty - West Side Story
  • Big Time - Peter Gabriel

Where Does Humility Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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