"I am looking to move up in my company but my management style is not as aggressive as many of my peers; how do I compete with others that have a
more aggressive management style?"
Good for you! This is a great question in that you admit that you are competing for career growth. Many in management just see themselves as floating along waiting for an opening and someone to offer an invitation to fill the vacancy, with no regard to whether or not they have demonstrated they belong in the position. I hope this bit of information will increase your confidence.
A recent article written by a research team from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business defined humility as a key trait found in many of the best leaders. The article states that the research team defined humility as a three-part personality trait consisting of an accurate view of the self, teachability, and appreciation for others. “Our study suggests that a “quieter”leadership approach—listening, being transparent, being aware of limitations, and appreciating follower’s strengths and
contributions—is an effective way to engage employees.”
“When we think of what it takes to predict performance, we usually think of intelligence and
conscientiousness”, said Michael Johnson one of the researchers. But what they actually found was that humility predicted performance better than both intelligence and conscientiousness.
There are circumstances when management must be aggressive, especially when there is a crisis; that is what we call leading. HOWEVER, that should be the exception rather than the rule.
I believe you should consider your career as a marathon where you apply your skills, you are a continuous learner and you realize you cannot get to the top without the support of those around you; rather than a series of consecutive sprints where you use others as inanimate objects for your personal
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