Humble Leaders Get More Out Of Their Teams

Being a leader can be like walking a tightrope. You don’t want to seem unapproachable, but you can’t be everyone’s best friend either.

Now, researchers from The Ohio State University find that when it comes to leadership, a little bit of modesty can go a long way. Their study finds “humble” leaders of teaching groups helped improve professionalism and collaboration among team members. Conducted in China, this project focused on the Chinese equivalent of professional learning communities (PLCs), or a group of educators who meet on a regular basis to collaborate and share educational expertise.

Study authors found that teachers in these Chinese PLCs were much more willing to open up and share their personal knowledge and expertise when they rated their PLC leaders as having high levels of humility.