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Humility Precedes Reinvention

Humility Precedes Reinvention

Back in January, I posed a question around what the role of humility was in organizational transformation, especially when organizations are being disrupted at an exponential pace. Many of you replied, emailed or reached out to share your own experiences of how humility in leadership was an essential ingredient to reinvention. Several of you shared stories of how humility was glaringly absent in your own organizations, and a few of you emphasized how you saw leaders getting trapped in thinking incumbency leads to permanency, and acting with blinders on, making your organization more susceptible to disruption. On the other end of the spectrum, especially for some of you based in Asia, you cautioned about the over-use of humility, and how that must be balanced with positive self-belief, agency and courage to take a leap in the face of disruption. As with many things in life and business, it was a paradox to be managed. For all your insights, reflections, and stories, I am immensely grateful.