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When leaders follow outmoded autocratic models, their organizations may stumble into becoming joyless, transactional, coercive and deadening shells. These leaders perpetuate a culture that lacks trust, candor and amity. In today’s VUCA world – characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – versatile leadership makes more sense than the shopworn model of lofty corporate “heroes and disruptors” who are supposedly invincible. Edgar H. Schein, a management scholar, and his son Peter A. Schein, an expert on organizations, explain how to achieve cultural change through “humble leadership.” The theme picks up on their previous books, Humble Consulting and Humble Inquiry. They guide leaders to create a culture of collaboration, engagement and trustworthiness. Their guidance will be especially useful to coaches, mentors and HR officials who work on leadership development. The Scheins’ advice can help all leaders and may have special utility for coaches, mentors and HR officials who work on leadership development.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to analyze leadership at four levels,
  • How to foment organizational culture change through “humble leadership,” and 
  • How leaders can make the transition from hierarchy to humility.  
 

About the Authors

Edgar H. Schein, PhD, is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. His son Peter A. Schein co-founded and is chief operating officer of the Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute.

 

Summary

“Humble Leadership”

In organizations that run on cutthroat competitiveness, employees often regard their leaders as “heroic” superstars who brilliantly meet their challenges. But companies don’t gain from positioning their leaders as masters of the hierarchy and designated heroes. 


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