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Title: Stay humble and fly high : the roles of subordinate voice and competitive work context in the linkage between leader humility and career success
Authors: Wang, D
Ou, AY 
Song, LJ
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2022
Source: Journal of leadership and organizational studies, 1 Feb. 2022, v. 29, no. 1, p. 147-166
Abstract: This study examines the relationship between leaders’ humility and their career success. We propose that humble leaders are more likely to occupy central positions in their subordinate teams’ voice networks where they improve their own performance and gain favorable reward recommendations. We also argue that in seemingly disadvantageous competitive work contexts, humble leaders become more central in the team voice network and increase their career prospects. We found support for these hypotheses in a multisource field study of 116 supervisors, 461 subordinates, and 34 shop managers from a Chinese company and in a vignette-based experiment with 233 working adults. Theoretical and practical implications for career success, leader humility, and voice literature are discussed.
Keywords: Career success
Competitive work context
Leader humility
Social network
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal: Journal of leadership and organizational studies 
ISSN: 1548-0518
EISSN: 1939-7089
DOI: 10.1177/15480518211059924
Rights: This is the accepted version of the publication Wang D, Ou AY, Song LJ. Stay Humble and Fly High: The Roles of Subordinate Voice and Competitive Work Context in the Linkage Between Leader Humility and Career Success. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies. 2022;29(1):147-166. Copyright © The Author(s) 2021. DOI: 10.1177/15480518211059924
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