Why Humble CEOs do Better (and How You Can Train for Humility at Work)

When you think about great leaders, what personality traits come to mind? Probably admirable characteristics such as charisma, leadership skills, excellent communication skills, and personal drive. But one trait that you might not consider is one that doesn’t always get a lot of respect: Humility.

As it turns out, humility might be more important for CEOs than you thought. According to a 2014 study by Arizona State University, humble CEOs kept satisfied managers who reported feeling more engaged, more confident, and more motivated to collaborate than those who worked for less humble CEOs.

In short, the more humble the CEO, the better it was for business.

Unfortunately, humility—while being a desirable trait in the office—isn’t exactly top-of-mind when planning corporate training. In fact, it might seem like more of a personality trait and less of a workplace tool. Nonetheless, it is possible to reap the benefits of a humble culture by encouraging collaboration, questioning, and a less rigid hierarchy at work. Here’s how.

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