Humble leadership works

January 18, 2016

Humble leadership works

Paul Holmes sent out this roundup on corporate reputation trends for 2016 which includes our research on the importance of managing your company’s CEO reputation premium. It cites our research on one of our key findings which was about the emergence of the humble CEO this year. Humble CEOs were more likely to be highly regarded by managers and up than less humble CEOs. Seeing the roundup reminded me again of this chart that I screen-shot last week. I found it in an article on the year’s management trend charts for 2015 from HBR. I highly recommend the charts. The chart I chose and which I previewed at the top of this post shows that those leaders that rate themselves highly effective (perhaps a bit boastful) are also the least highly ranked as effective by their 360 degree raters. Definitely a disconnect. Similarly, those leaders who do not rate themselves as the most effective (and probably find themselves more in the humble-pie camp) are rated as good leadership models. Not a perfect correlation but the chart helps to make the argument like we found in our research that if you believe leadership is never perfected and you are modest about your accomplishments, you are probably serving as a good role model for those around you.

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
lesliegainesross@gmail.com

As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of reputations.

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