Humble Leadership – The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust (The Humble Leadership Series)

Humble Leadership
192 Pages
ISBN 978-1523095384

Bestselling author and father of organizational behavior, Edgar Schein and Peter Schein trail-blaze with a creative perspective on leadership that encourages vulnerability and empathy as a form of strength.

The more traditional form of leadership that is based on immobile hierarchies is growing increasingly outdated and ineffective. Without the ability to actually communicate with their peers, leaders become alienated from their followers and productivity and quality are sacrificed. Authors Edgar Schein and Peter Schein recognize this reality and call for a reimagined form a leadership that coincides with emerging trends of relationship building, complex group work, and diverse workforces. Gaining a deeper understanding of the constantly evolving complexities of interpersonal, group and even intergroup relationships requires shifting our focus towards the process of group dynamics and collaboration. The humble leadership paradigm stresses the importance of studying of how things are being done through collaboration and humility. This space of collaboration is often where invention and brand-new ways of getting things done are created, rather than in the tunnel vision of new ideas of products, markets, or production methods. The future of leadership is dependent on working relationships that are trusting and open. Humble leaders don't shy away from human connection in the workplace but rather see it as an opportunity for growth and success.

Ed Schein

About Ed Schein (Silicon Valley, California Author)

Ed Schein

Ed Schein is Professor Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. He was educated at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 1952. He worked at the Walter Reed Institute of Research from 1952-1956 and then joined MIT’s Sloan School where he taught until 2005. He retired and moved to Palo Alto, CA where he continues to write and consult.

He has published extensively-- Organizational Psychology, 3d Ed. (1980), a cultural analysis of Singapore's economic miracle Strategic Pragmatism (1996) and Digital Equipment Corp.'s rise and fall DEC is Dead; Long Live DEC (2003), Process Consultation Revisited (1999), The Corporate Culture Survival Guide, 2d Ed., (2009), Career Anchors, 4th ed. With John Van Maanen (2013), Organizational Culture and Leadership, 5th ed. With Peter Schein (2017).

In 2009 he published Helping, a book on the general theory and practice of giving and receiving help followed in 2013 by Humble Inquiry which explores why helping is so difficult in western culture, and which won the 2013 business book of the year award from the Dept. of Leadership of the University of San Diego. This was followed with Humble Consulting (2016) which revises the whole model of how to consult and coach. He then partnered with his son Peter to create and co-authored Humble Leadership (2018) which challenges our current theories of leadership and management.

He is the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award of the Academy of Management, the 2012 recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Organization Development from the International OD Network, and has an Honorary Doctorate from the IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia.

He continues to write, is working on Memoirs, and consults with various local and international organizations on a variety of organizational culture and career development issues, with special emphasis on safety and quality in health care, the nuclear energy industry, and the US Forest Service. An important focus of this new consulting is to focus on the interaction of occupational/organizational subcultures and how they interact with career anchors to determine the effectiveness and safety of organizations.

Peter Schein

About Peter Schein (Co-Author)

Peter Schein

Peter Schein is the co-founder and COO of in Menlo Park, CA. He provides counsel to senior management on organizational development challenges facing private and public sector entities worldwide. He is a contributing author to the 5th Edition of Organizational Culture and Leadership (Schein, 2016).

Peter’s work draws on 30 years of industry experience in marketing and corporate development at technology pioneers. In his early career he developed new products at Pacific Bell and Apple. He led product marketing efforts at Silicon Graphics Inc., Concentric Network Corporation (XO Communications), and Packeteer (BlueCoat). Thereafter, Peter spent eleven years in corporate development and strategy at Sun Microsystems, where he led numerous investments in high-growth ecosystems. He drove acquisitions of technology innovators that developed into highly-valued product lines at Sun. Through these experiences developing new strategies organically, and merging smaller entities into a large company, Peter developed a keen focus on the underlying organizational development challenges that growth engenders in innovation-driven enterprises.

Peter was educated at Stanford University (BA Social Anthropology, Honors and Distinction), Northwestern University (Kellogg MBA, Marketing and Information Management), and the USC Marshall School of Business, (HCEO Certificate, 2017).