What We’re Reading: “New Study Shows Nice Guys Finish First”

Self-Awareness: The Key to Success.

The American Management Center recently posted an article with the results from a new study commissioned by Organizational Consulting firm Green Peak Partners, and conducted by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

A high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall success.  “Executives who are aware of their weaknesses are often better able to hire subordinates who perform well in areas in which the leader lacks acumen,” said Dr. Winkler.

J.P. Flaum, Managing Partner at Green Peak Partners Boards, stated that investors and search executives may need to adjust their criteria for screening potential leaders: “Our findings directly challenge the conventional view that ‘drive for results at all costs’ is the right approach. The executives most likely to deliver good bottom line results are actually self-aware leaders who are especially good at working with individuals and in teams.”

Does this make sense to you, your workplace, or career?  How are you refocusing?  Would you like to see this become more publicized?

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