Radical Humility

Be a Badass Leader and a Good Human

“A game-changing book that redefines leadership in the modern world.”—Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned LifeTriggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

When veteran executive coach, professor, and ultraendurance champion Urs Koenig signed up to be a NATO peacekeeping commander and United Nations peacekeeper in his fifties, he thought he knew a thing or two about leadership.

What he discovered was a new framework that replaces the top-down, “heroic” leadership of the past with a more human-centered approach that views humility as a key to achieving goals in today’s world.

The deeply researched Radical Humility framework centers on making five Shifts that will help you elevate your leadership from Heroic (THEN) to Humble (NOW):

» 1. Dig Deep—from blind spots (THEN) to self-awareness (NOW)

» 2. Tough on Results, Tender on People—from heavy-handed (THEN) to high-touch, high standards (NOW)

» 3. Lead Like a Compass—from micromanaging (THEN) to empowerment (NOW)

» 4. Full Transparency—from secrecy (THEN) to open doors (NOW)

» 5. Champion a Fearless Culture—from afraid to speak up (THEN) to fearless (NOW)

With a flair for storytelling that has inspired teams at Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, and the Society of Human Resource Management, Koenig shares his own compelling leadership journey as well as those of leaders from health care, government, tech, the military, professional sports, and more.

Radical Humility is packed with dozens of no-nonsense tools and practical takeaways, making it the ultimate actionable blueprint for a new type of leader for a new type of world.

ISBN: 978-1-63755-405-0
SKU: 18-1003-01
Categories:Innovative Thought Leadership, Amplify Publishing, Business and Finance, Leadership and Management

Radical Humility is a game-changing book that redefines leadership in the modern world. Through the lens of cooperative relationships, Urs Koenig emphasizes the power of self-knowledge, strong relationships, and a growth mindset to achieve remarkable results. With practical insights and a refreshing perspective, this book is a must-read for leaders at all levels, offering a clear road map to cultivate the kind of humility that revolutionizes not only our work and professional relationships but also our lives and world.” —Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Earned Life, Triggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

 “Confidence and humility aren’t opposites. They’re complements. With Radical Humility, Urs Koenig has created the ultimate playbook for turning one of our most misunderstood character traits into a leadership superpower.” —Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive and The Power of Regret

 “This remarkable book has it all. It is by far my favorite book on leadership this year.” —Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, and author of Right Kind of Wrong

 “Urs Koenig understands that we need to move beyond old-school ideas of leadership to meet today’s challenges. He not only offers a compelling vision—one that meets the demands of a diverse, dynamic, and rapidly changing workforce—but also offers clear guidance on how to get there. This book is filled with insightful and practical ideas that can foster a new era of compassionate, empathetic, and purpose-driven leaders. Radical Humility will help you unleash the power of teams and organizations. It’s a book you will want to read twice then slip under your boss’s door.” —Hubert Joly, former CEO, Best Buy; senior lecturer, Harvard Business School; and author of The Heart of Business

 “Radical Humility is more than a book. It’s a movement towards a more humble, more empathetic, and—ultimately—more effective leadership style. For anyone looking to navigate the challenges of leadership in the twenty-first century, this book is an indispensable guide.” —Greg McKeown, New York Times bestselling author of Essentialism and Effortless; host of The Greg McKeown Podcast

 “As chairman of The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, humility was one of the most powerful secrets to always stay ahead of the curve by creating the most successful brand extensions in the hospitality industry. Practicing the Five Shifts framework and dozens of actionable insights on leadership outlined in Radical Humility will put you and your team on the path to prosperity and a healthy corporate culture of positivity and empowerment.” —Hervé J.L. Humler, chairman emeritus, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC

 “No one party or person has a monopoly on good ideas. The best leaders are humble enough to welcome wisdom from a variety of sources. Urs Koenig understands that and in Radical Humility reveals the underestimated power of humility as a leadership tool.” —Deval Patrick, former Massachusetts governor; professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

“Leadership and achievement have evolved radically for this generation—far less command-and-control and far more flexibility, self-awareness, and transparency. Radical Humility is a must-read for this new kind of leader.” —Asheesh Advani, CEO, JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide

 “Conventional wisdom equates strength with being stoic, decisive, and invulnerable—to appear resilient and unaffected by the day-to-day swirl that surrounds us. Radical Humility reveals the true strength of leadership—humility. Displaying humility demonstrates that we are all a work in progress. It enables leaders to take ownership of unpopular decisions, accept responsibility for mistakes or failures, and create a safe environment where these things are both expected and accepted. In the end, it helps us all become a better version of ourselves and leads to individual and organizational success.” —Brad D. Smith, president, Marshall University, and former CEO, Intuit

Urs Koenig

Former UN Peacekeeper and Veteran Executive Coach


Urs Koenig is a former United Nations military peacekeeper and NATO military peacekeeping commander, a highly accomplished ultraendurance champion, a widely published professor, and a seasoned executive coach and keynote speaker with more than three decades of experience helping hundreds of leaders and dozens of executive teams unlock new levels of achievement across four continents.

He is the founder of the Radical Humility Leadership Institute and speaks frequently on the topic of leadership to corporations and associations across the globe. His message of Radical Humility in leadership has inspired teams from across the spectrum, including Amazon, Starbucks, the Society of Human Resource Management, Vistage, the University of Melbourne, and Microsoft.

He holds a PhD in geography and a Master of Science from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He lives with his two sons in Seattle, Washington.

Twitter: @Urskoenig
Instagram: @koenigurs
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