Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust

  • 2h 26m
  • Edgar H. Schein, Peter A. Schein
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2018

Bestselling author and father of organizational culture studies, Edgar Schein and Peter Schein trail-blaze with a creative perspective on leadership that encourages vulnerability and empathy as a form of strength.

The more traditional forms of leadership that are based on static hierarchies and professional distance between leaders and followers are growing increasingly outdated and ineffective. As organizations face more complex interdependent tasks, leadership must become more personal in order to insure open trusting communication that will make more collaborative problem solving and innovation possible. Without open and trusting communications throughout organizations, they will continue to face the productivity and quality problems that result from reward systems that emphasize individual competition and "climbing the corporate ladder". Authors Edgar Schein and Peter Schein recognize this reality and call for a reimagined form of leadership that coincides with emerging trends of relationship building, complex group work, diverse workforces, and cultures in which everyone feels psychologically safe. Humble Leadership calls for "here and now" humility based on a deeper understanding of the constantly evolving complexities of interpersonal, group and intergroup relationships that require shifting our focus towards the process of group dynamics and collaboration. Humble Leadership at all levels and in all working groups will be the key to achieving the creativity, adaptiveness, and agility that organizations will need to survive and grow.

About the Authors

Edgar H. Schein is professor emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Peter A. Schein is the cofounder and COO of the Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute.

In this Book

  • A New Approach to Leadership
  • Culturally Defined Levels of Relationship
  • Humble Leadership in Governance: The Singapore Story
  • Transforming a Medical Center into a Level 2 Culture
  • Humble Leadership in the US Military
  • When Hierarchy and Unintended Consequences Stifle Humble Leadership
  • Humble Leadership and the Future
  • Humble Leadership Requires Reinforcing the "Soft Stuff"
  • Personizing: Building Level 2 Relationships