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Study: Humility goes further than hardnosing in the professional world

PHOENIX -- Forget about being a hardnose at work -- it's better for business if you show a little humility, according to a new study from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

"Humble CEOs are more open to making joint decisions and empowering others," says Prof. Angelo Kinicki of the Carey School, one of the study's authors. "Their behavior positively affects both top and middle managers, who then exhibit higher commitment, work engagement, job satisfaction and job performance. We see a trickle-down effect that seems to influence the company overall."

CEOs of private companies in China were interviewed for the study and researchers also created and administered surveys measuring humility and its effects to about 1,000 top- and middle-level managers who work with those CEOs.

The new research was published in the Administrative Science Quarterly.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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