Last fall, I had the priviledge of hearing John Dickson speak at the Global Leadership Summit. Dickson is the author of the book Humilitas, a book about humility in leadership. After hearing him speak, I purchased the book and read the entire thing. It was brilliant.
Dickson, for his thesis for his Ph.D. in history, set out to find the origin of humility. The findings were incredible. Long ago, humility was looked down upon– but now it is a virtue society praises. What happened to force such a change? Dickson’s conclusion was the cross of Christ.
Before the cross, the thought was that humility was a showing of weakness. When Jesus Christ was crucified, the early church had to look on the cross and say, “This is what humility looks like. I need to either reconcile it with what I currently believe– that humility is weakness– or I need to change my thoughts about humility.” And now, over 2000 years later, the world looks on humility as a lovely and beautiful thing.
The cross. Oh how I love it, that history-altering moment in time.