Managers who reflected on a past mistake where they learned a lesson showed more humility than those who didn’t.
A prevention focus sees learning from mistakes as a short-term way to correct failures and avoid punishment.
The relationship between leaders’ learning from mistakes and how much humility they show to their team members was strengthened by a heightened promotion focus.
A real-life study of 85 non-physician managers from medical schools and hospitals in the Midwest showed the importance of a promotion focus.
The study looked at how managers learned from mistakes, how they expressed humility, and how they viewed their teams’ improvement oriented behavior.
Managers who learned from their mistakes and used the learning to improve and grow as leaders were more likely to show humility. They rated their teams as showing better performance and improvement.