Pride and Humility

The World Cup Football Tournament in Russia gives us all the visual cues that make it difficult to teach humility to the pupils in our care.

We all see the post-goal-scoring dances and the showy celebrations of players and this is in stark contrast to the quality of humility that we want for our pupils.

Pride and self-respect don’t mix easily with humility. They are strange bedfellows. They don’t seem to go together in any sense of the word and yet they are both critically important skills to have and character traits that we value.

To be proud of yourself.

To believe in yourself.

To have self-confidence.

These are qualities that we wish to encourage in all school pupils.

Parents and teachers are globally united in this common goal.

We know that pupils who are encouraged and who have self-confidence nurtured in them, far exceed any expectations we have of them.

At the same time a sense of humility is highly-valued too.

In today’s world we need young men and women who will work as part of a dynamic team. They will certainly need to know when to lead and when to follow. They will need to contribute to their organisation in a selfless way and yet have the inherent self-belief to make that specific, invaluable and unique contribution that only they can make.

In order to do this we need to teach both sides; self-confidence and humility.

Oil and water in terms of mixability.

The future working environment will be one of flux. It will be a dynamic eco-system that requires a deleted ego and an erased sense of one’s own self-importance and the ability to operate as a single entity while functioning, at times, as part of a team.

It will require a multitude of talents and the flexibility to lead and follow and to know when to switch between each of these aspects.

It is often said that the biggest inhibitor to success is a lack of self-confidence, and therefore, imbuing our young pupils, whether they be Prep school age or College students, with self-confidence is a ticket to their being able to unlock oft-hidden potential.

Self-confidence can generate a diamond from an original piece of raw coal.

It can produce the pearl from that original grain of sand.

It is invaluable and it should be a focal point of our wider holistic, educational practice.

We should be assisting pupils to develop their self-confidence in every sphere of our schools. In the academic, playtime, break, co-curricular, sporting and cultural arenas we should be fostering a sense of self-confidence and we should couple this with a strong sense of humility.

Author: Tarryn Payne