Humility is a necessary trait for a manager to have. It is “a realistic assessment of one’s own contribution and the recognition of the contribution of others, along with luck and good fortune that made one’s own success possible.” It is vital that a manager acknowledge the hard work of their department and not overestimate their own performance. Although they are trusted with oversight, they are still a member of the team and must act as such.
Lately we have seen several examples of managers who lack humility. Egos get out of control and CEOs take pride in their personal successes. Without their team backing them, their success would not have been possible and it is important that they acknowledge this. The competition capitalism creates presents luck as a factor in reaching success.