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… humility was a virtue that the lakota of old expected their leaders to possess. a quiet, humble person, we believed, was aware of other people and other things. an arrogant, boastful man was only aware of himself. interestingly, our methods of selecting leaders today seem to favor the arrogant and boastful… if humility was a virtue important for everyone to practice, it was absolutely necessary for a leader. humility can provide clarity where arrogance makes a cloud. the last thing the people wanted was someone whose judgment and actions were clouded by arrogance…

“the lakota way”
stories and lessons for living
native american wisdom on ethics and character
Joseph M. Marshall III


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