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8 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Too Humble At Work

8 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Too Humble At Work

Everyone has always seemed to know about the power of arrogance. It wasn’t uncommon for people to brag about their accomplishments during first time introductions. However in today’s society, we have lost the power of humility. No one likes a show off, especially in the workplace. As a result, people who make the long hard journey to success are very frequently reminded to remain humble upon arrival.

Our society has come to believe that humility, confidence and hard work make a winning recipe for personal achievement. Yet, I know many confident, humble and hardworking people who are still to achieve the goals and dreams they have set out to accomplish. This is because there is a big difference between being arrogant and having a sense of arrogance about yourself. Those whose actions leave us in awe are very aware of this difference.

Culturally, we have warped the idea of having arrogance with so many negative connotations that it is often synonymous with pride, vanity or egotism.
We all have an arrogance. It is the one thing that makes you seemingly irreplaceable. It is your passion or action; the one thing you do extremely well. Your arrogance is the value you add to society. It is what makes you indispensable. While self-esteem describes a person’s overall sense of self-worth or value,
humility is truly an asset to have, but too much of it can turn in a liability.

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And for starters, there are eight reasons why you should not be too humble at work and why you need arrogance, not confidence, to boost your self-esteem.

1. Being humble has different meanings and perceptions

Different people have different meanings and opinions on humility. To be successful in the workplace, it would do you good to understand the perceptions of others on the subject. Being humble is a good trait to have; however in today’s aggressive business market; it may leave people thinking you are timid, shy or just a push over.

2. Too much humility can often down play the powerful experience of positive affirmation

Many successful managers have been found to use the power of positive affirmation to motivate their teams. When you receive a compliment for something you have done very well, you secrete several feel good hormones. These are the same hormones Kobe Bryant and LeBron James secrete every time they make amazing plays on the basketball court. If someone cautioned you to be humble right after you set a new personal record for yourself in the gym, or as a runner you run further than you ever thought you possible could, would that not leave a sour taste in your feel good moment?

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Humility is a good trait to have. But at work, too much of it can down play the experience of receiving good and positive feedback.

3. No one will know your value

Often times in our humility, we simply expect our actions to speak for us. We assume that if we just stay focused and work hard, we wouldn’t have to fuss about how good we really are. This old way of thinking simply leaves your chances of success up to luck. If you are too humble, people may not know what real value you bring to the organization. Sometimes you might have to use your words to create opportunities for your actions.

4. You may not know your value

If I asked what your arrogance is, what would you say? What is the one thing you do so well that makes you irreplaceable at your workplace? And I don’t mean your job description. Humility can sometimes leave you passing through life in contentment, never truly expressing the skills and qualities that make you unique.

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5. People love humble people sometimes for all the wrong reasons

While it is sad, it is also true. If you have too much humility in the workplace, people might be compelled to take advantage of you. Don’t be so humble that you find yourself with longer hours and soul drenching workloads. Don’t let your humility turn into resentment.

6. No one is born with humility, it is a conditioned behavior

No one is born humble. Humility is a trait we are taught. It is how you are supposed to fit in and be normal. However if you are looking to succeed in life, you can’t just be normal. In any given 24 hour day, you will probably work 10-12 hours. Developing a sense of arrogance in your work is important, because what you do will take up half your time.

7. You may end up being labeled a follower

Too much humility may have you tagged as someone not ready to lead. Effective leaders don’t just have to make tough and unpopular decisions, they also have to be willing to take full responsibility for the consequences of those decisions. If you are too humble at your job, people may simply feel you are not ready for such pressures.

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8. Humility may affect your earning power

Negotiation is a skill set that leaves no room for humility. You know what your are worth and you are not afraid to ask for it. In my career, I have seen too many people accept lower wages out of humility. They are simply too scared or just too grateful to demand appropriate compensation for their arrogance. It is highly unlikely that you will get what you deserve if you show up armed with humility and too much confidence to a job interview.

The purpose of this article is not to downplay the importance of humility. In the right context, it can be a powerful tool. Like the ancient Chinese Yin –Yang philosophy, I believe the two can actually complement each other. You need a little humility in your arrogance, just like you may also need a little arrogance in your humility.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2019

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up.

You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out. But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

Check out these important listening skills: 13 Powerful Listening Skills to Improve Your Life at Work and at Home

3. Go to All Office Networking Events

Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

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4. Show Initiative

Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

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These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

7. Find a Mentor

With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

Not sure how to find the right mentor? Here’s How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed.

8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

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You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

9. Set Your Professional Bar High

Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

The Bottom Line

Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

“Half of life is showing up.”

The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

Remember, your career is your business!

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