Marriott Alumni Magazine

Fall 2016

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W atching your awkward teenage self in home videos at a family reunion usually doesn't inspire much more than an eye roll. But for Brad Owens, a Marriott School professor of business ethics in the Romney Institute of Public Management, it proved a career-defining moment. "In front of my extended family, I watched my thirteen-year-old self brag about my grades," Owens recalls. "It was narcissistic, and even though I was just a teen in the video, I remember thinking, 'This kid is disgusting.' It made me want to be different." The experience years ago sparked an interest that took solid root in Owens's dis- sertation and has since become the focus of his increasingly well-known research: the positive effects of humility in leadership. The Humble How a neglected virtue can redeem leadership's most notorious vice By Todd Hollingshead Illustrations by Dawid Ryski 13 fall 2016

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