Title

Leader Humility in Singapore: An Inductively Developed Measure

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

1-2015

Abstract

Previous research conducted in Singapore identified nine dimensions of leader humility: (1) having an accurate view of self, (2) recognizing follower strengths and achievements, (3) modeling teachability, (4) leading by example, (5) showing modesty, (6) working together for the collective good, (7) expressing empathy and being approachable, (8) showing mutual respect and fairness, and (9) mentoring and coaching (Oc, Bashshur, Daniels, Greguras & Diefendorff, in press). Based on these dimensions and their associated definitions, we developed a set of items to measure leader humility from both follower and leader perspectives. Specifically, across two studies, we developed and validated follower- and leader-report scales for each of the nine dimensions. Further we developed a 27-item composite humility scale, a 9-item short humility scale, and a 4-item global measure. All scales evidenced acceptable levels of reliability and validity although this was especially true for the other-report measures. Key findings of these two studies are discussed below.

Keywords

Humility, Leadership, Measure

Discipline

Leadership Studies | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Academy of Management Proceedings

Identifier

10.5465/AMBPP.2015.16055abstract

Publisher

Academy of Management

City or Country

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2015.16055abstract

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