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Charisma Kills Companies

Organizations often overlook humble employees for leadership positions in favor of those who are charismatic. Charismatic people are charming and inspirational, but many turn out to be narcissistic, arrogant, and potentially exploitative. In contrast, humble leaders empower followers and promote team learning.

We recently developed a humility scale which enables organizations to identify, develop, and promote leaders who (a) acknowledge their mistakes and limitations, (b) show support for others’ successes, (c) are highly coachable and open to learning from others, (d) see themselves as no better than anyone else, and (e) refrain from boastful or arrogant behaviors.