076: Humility – The “H Factor” in Leadership, with Dr. Matt Sowcik

In this episode, I sit with Dr. Matt Sowcik, Assistant Professor of Leadership Education at the University of Florida, and author of a new book titled, “The H Factor: The intersection between humility and great leadership”. Dr. Matt and I talk about humility as key factor in leadership, some of its underpinnings, and how to overcome the widely felt notion that having humility in leadership is a sign of weakness.


  • Three things can fly in the face of humility – our apprehension to be imperfect, to be incomplete, and that we are permanent
  • There is a sweet spot where we can be seen as not overconfident as leaders, but we’re not underconfident either
  • Humility is that characteristic that brings us to the middle. It’s our counterbalancing trait
  • Things that help us develop humility is our experiences and our ability to reflect, make changes, and grow
  • Humility helps you realize the importance of others


Leadership Jam Sessions' Executive Producer, James Christie

When James is not busy leading commercial teams in the biopharmaceutical industry, you can find him behind the scenes orchestrating all that happens for his brainchild - The Leadership Jam Session Podcast. As our Executive Producer, James' background of more than 20 years in Marketing, Sales, and Training, combined with a passion for business and leadership education, have all inspired the very direction we take with delivering our content. James holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.