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Humilitas by John Dickson

There are not a lot of books on humility. It seems pretty foolish for someone to write a book on humility. Like the famous quote (which is included in the book) "Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you got it, you've lost it." But Dickson does any amazing job describing humility, showing how the concept of humility has been transformed throughout history, how history has been transformed by the humility, and how humility operates today.

There is definitely no assumption by the author that he has achieved humility. Dickson discusses humility the same way we observe any subject from a distance. We know it is there. We see it working and we know how it works. But how can we get there?

I consider the higher education as a "leadership factory," we spend all our time building up students, giving them confidence and strength, yet we rarely provide them with the tools of humility or show them the power of humility.

I think this is a great book for anyone interested in leading and serving effectively.