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From Ego to Eco: How Humble Leadership Is Changing the Game and Ten Evidence-Based Ideas on how to Develop it

In today’s world of Mass Media, influencers, and big egos, Humble Leadership stands out as an essential quality. I was delighted to come across a recent meta-analysis on humble leadership (check out the reference and link below) that highlights its significant positive impact on the performance of followers and teams. However, it’s worth noting that it isn’t necessarily correlated with the leader’s own job performance.

This finding prompts me to reflect on numerous organizations I’ve collaborated with, where KPIs still lack indicators related to relationships, personal development, OCB (Organizational Citizenship Behaviour), and more. Many still adhere to a narrow perspective of performance rooted in individual approaches, resulting in the dreaded silos and a dearth of productive cooperation and synergies.

Thankfully, in the majority of my clients, this concern is not only explicit but also consciously addressed. I’m optimistic about the changes on the horizon, especially with the capabilities that AI and technology offer to gather complex and interconnected data.

Let’s raise a toast to humble leaders, those who, with less pomp and noise, steer businesses and our world toward sustainability. 🥂

Now, dear reader, how do you develop and use your humble leadership? Share your insights! To support your journey, here are ten evidence-based ideas on developing humble leadership:

1. Self-awareness:

  • Engage in regular self-reflection to understand your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Seek feedforward from colleagues and team members to gain insights into your leadership style.

2. Practice active listening:

  • Give full attention to others when they speak.
  • Show empathy and interest in their perspectives and feelings.

3. Admit mistakes:

  • Acknowledge when you make errors or poor decisions.
  • Take responsibility and avoid blaming others.

4. Foster a learning culture:

  • Encourage continuous learning and improvement within your team.
  • Be open to new ideas and adapt to changing circumstances.

5. Share credit and celebrate others’ successes:

  • Recognize and give credit to team members for their contributions.
  • Celebrate their achievements and promote a sense of collective accomplishment.

6. Lead by example:

  • Model the behaviour and values you expect from your team.
  • Demonstrate humility in your actions and interactions.

7. Practice humility in decision-making:

  • Involve your team in decision-making processes.
  • Value diverse opinions and be willing to reconsider your stance.

8. Embrace vulnerability:

  • Be open about your uncertainties and doubts.
  • Encourage others to do the same, creating a more open and supportive environment.

9. Serve others:

  • Focus on the well-being and growth of your team members.
  • Remove obstacles and provide support to help them succeed.

10. Seek mentorship and coaching:

  • Find a mentor or coach who can provide guidance and help you develop humility. (In case you need one, you can contact me 😉
  • Learn from their experiences and insights.

(Chandler, J. A., Johnson, N. E., Jordan, S. L., & Short, J. C. (2023). A meta-analysis of humble leadership: Reviewing individual, team, and organizational outcomes of leader humility. The Leadership Quarterly, 34(1), 101660. A meta-analysis of humble leadership: Reviewing individual, team, and organizational outcomes of leader humility – ScienceDirect)

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