Work Hard and Stay Humble

Every once in awhile, you may say something that unintentionally sounds like a brag. Without meaning to, you can offend colleagues with a perceived lack of humility. The Idealist Careers website has this to say on the subject of workplace humility:

Neilsen and Marrone’s work in the International Journal of Management Reviews found that people described as “humble” share the ability to: acknowledge their limitations and strengths; appreciate others’ strengths and contributions without letting their ego get in the way; maintain an open mind and a thirst for learning; seek diverse feedback; and apologize when they are in the wrong.

Humble leaders are especially effective at cultivating strong social relationships, helpfulness, forgiveness, and social justice amongst their team members. They ultimately create teams with more satisfied employees who stay longer at the organization. So, if you’re coming up on a rough patch or a big transition that will require teamwork, flexibility, and collaborative decision making, then put a humble leader in charge and remember to honor those qualities if you’re the one at the helm.


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