Responsible Leaders are Open, Confident Yet Humble

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The following is a short book preview about responsible leaders by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

The Responsible Leader: Developing a Culture of Responsibility in an Uncertain World
Tim Richardson, London: Kogan Page (2015)

“Responsible leaders are open, confident yet humble. Moreover, they have personal resilience that comes from this. Individuals who demonstrate inner strength and personal resilience are able to draw on their personal assuredness from a clear sense of their identity. This leads to an inner confidence. However, when this is not balanced with sober self-assessment or mature emotional intelligence, it becomes skewed and egocentric. It also closes people to other perspectives as these kinds of leader begin to believe their own propaganda and narrative and exclude others’ perspectives.

Being truly open is a mindset and orientation. It says to others that you are approachable and receptive – receptive to the possibility of new ideas, of fresh thinking, of criticism or coaching. The ability to work collaboratively with others sets apart responsible leaders and to do so effectively requires this orientation; for example, knowing that I will get an appreciative reception when I bring a new way of working to the boss allows me to feel confidence in the first place (p. 38-39).”

The Responsible Leader is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

I don't know everything. But I want to. The focus of our firm, Transition Management Advisors, is to develop leadership capabilities to create a championship culture, generate innovation, and successfully lead the resulting changes.

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