Job Success Factor: Humility

A new study shows that a previously-overlooked quality in workers is actually a pretty good predictor of job performance.

A Baylor University study found that the more honest and humble an employee is, the higher his job performance as rated by his boss. In fact, humility and honesty were better predictors of success on the job than agreeableness, conscientiousness, fairness, modesty, or sincerity.

“This study has implications for hiring personnel in that we suggest more attention should be paid to honesty and humility in applicants and employees,” said Megan Johnson, the Baylor doctoral candidate who conducted the study, in a statement. However, she noted, the study looked at people in care-giving roles. Narcissists, Johnson added, might “be better at jobs that require self-promotion.”