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Arrogance invites ruin; humility receives benefits

By Jill King, Consultant and Former Global HR Director, Linklaters 

19 March 2013

It’s already clear that the newly-elected Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Brogloio, is going to adopt a very different personal style to many of his predecessors.

When the official car with the Vatican City 1 number plate turned up to take him to his Santa Maria residence, he preferred to jump on the bus with all the other cardinals. He has declined to wear the mozzetta, the cape of scarlet and ermine, and has chosen a simple gold cross in favour of the jewel-encrusted crucifix. And, his choice of Francis as his Latin name underlines his belief in humble leadership. The response, not just from his Catholic followers, has been overwhelmingly positive.

Humility is not a characteristic much associated with lawyers. More typically, they are seen as arrogant and proud; a clever bunch who know when they’re right and have little time for those they perceive as socially or intellectually inferior, or without use to their work. Perhaps it’s no...

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