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Humble Leaders

CASE FLYER, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
ET Cases, 5 pages

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Humble Leaders

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

• Discussing the current trend of hiring CEOs for their humility and other soft skills as against the traditional approach and debating on humility vs competence
• Debating on the role of a leader in bringing out effectiveness of a team
• Identifying the characteristics of an effective leader

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Humility vs Competence in a Leader

1. You must have heard from your parents or your seniors about the kind of leaders/bosses they have worked with? What impression do you get of bosses from those anecdotes? Do you think, in India, the perception of a boss is changing?
2. In the article, Jayesh Pandey of Accenture says that, “Increasingly, organizations are looking for CEOs who are humble... talent dollars.” Discuss the  changing paradigm of hiring CEOs at India Inc. Discuss with examples of CEOs who have led organizations to success with their ‘humble confidence’ (Howard Schultz, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos, etc.)
3. Do you think that there is a danger of humble confidence becoming benevolent dictatorship?
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Humble Leaders

 

Synopsis

The case flyer enables an interesting discussion on the topic of humility in a leader given the current trend of hiring CEOs for their humility and people connect, at India Inc. What kind of a leader is desirable for an organization – A successful CEO who is also humble or humble CEO who may or may not be successful? Perhaps, what companies are looking for is an individual who is not only humble but also has the confidence and the competence to lead his organization to success. The case flyer is suitable for discussing contemporary issues in leadership. In the present business environment, leadership is increasingly viewed in the context of the team. The case flyer delves into aspects such as the role of a leader in bringing out effectiveness of the team. However, it also presents the dilemma that while companies want people with humble confidence, are such people there and is ‘humble confidence’ practically applicable in achieving organizational goals.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • • Discussing the current trend of hiring CEOs for their humility and other soft skills as against traditional approach and debating on humility vs competence
  • • Debating on the role of a leader in bringing out effectiveness of a team
  • • Identifying the characteristics of an effective leader

 

Positioning and Setting

The case flyer can be used in the following courses:

  • a) Organizational Behavior – Contemporary Issues in Leadership (Providing Team Leadership)
  • b) Human Resource Management – Leadership Development

 

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Abstract


This case flyer can be used to highlight the importance of humility in leaders, in the backdrop of an interesting trend of hiring CEOs who exhibit a judicious mix of humility and confidence to lead organizations to success at India Inc. Who is an effective CEO - one with humility and resounding success or the one with humility, but limited or no success? Taking cue from this trend, as outlined in the accompanying article1, the case flyer enables an exciting debate on the topic of CEOs vs Leaders. It also throws light on how companies across industries are hiring leaders/CEOs who acknowledge the power of 'WE' and focus on team spirit to achieve organizational goals. However, does such a class of people exist, who can be both humble and at the same time competent enough to be the CEO of an organization? In other words, will humility of a CEO be a deterrent in achieving organizational goals?





Pedagogical Objectives


  • To discuss the current trend of hiring CEOs for their humility and other soft skills as against traditional approach and debating on humility vs competence

  • To debate on the role of a leader in bringing out effectiveness of a team

  • To identify the characteristics of an effective leader





1 Kala Vijayraghavan and Rica Bhattacharyya, 'Wanted, a Humble CEO' The Economic Times, October 28th 2013




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