Humility Is Key To Effective Leadership—Here's How To Practice It

Monday, September 11, 2023

Dhani Harrison, son of The Beatles’ star George Harrison, tells a wonderful story in the Martin Scorsese documentary, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," that speaks to the modesty of his famous father. Dhani said he couldn’t understand why kids at school chased after him singing "Yellow Submarine." "It just seemed surreal. Why are they singing that song to me?" he wondered. Then, he discovered the answer. "I came home, and I freaked out on my dad: ‘Why didn’t you tell me you were in The Beatles?' And he said, ‘Oh, sorry. Probably should have told you that.’

While many rock stars—like many business leaders—can be arrogant, self-centered and full of themselves, Harrison was renowned for being sincere, humble, kind and collaborative. These attributes are often exhibited by the best corporative executives, which defies the conventional wisdom that top leaders need to be forceful, charismatic individuals who thrive in the limelight. It’s something I’ve observed working with companies across the country, and it’s an observation that’s backed by several university studies.

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