Few managers look each of their people directly in the eye and tell them, “I expect you to be a leader in this organization.

It is a fundamental part of your job, which must be done well”.

In sharing with others his personal thoughts on the all-important “Who Am I? ” questions, he gives voice to a philosophy of leadership that demonstrates The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® at its very best.

Yet despite the noblest of intentions many, if not most, also fall short.

While some individuals may show improvement, the collective effort either never takes hold or fizzles out after a relatively short time.

It’s a situation that can be challenging for a new executive leader.

But in his first email to employees, Nadella clearly set the tone for what is to come.

This person might be a peer, a manager, a trainer, or someone with specific expertise in what you are trying to learn. The most obvious is to watch you perform, give you feedback, and offer suggestions for improvement.

But effective coaches can also be a very valuable source of social support, which is essential to resilience and persistence.

A daredevil athlete who, for seven years, traveled the world performing over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet—sometimes on fire! Founder and now Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company that helps people and organizations live more courageously, he has conducted more than 500 workshops and webinars for a variety of organizations, including Accenture, UBS Bank, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, Center for Creative Leadership, U. Forest Service, CNN, Monster.com, SPANX, and the U. Learn more about Bill Treasurer at Giant Leap Honesty with yourself and others produces a level of humility that earns you credibility. All evil leaders have been infected with the disease of hubris, becoming bloated with an exaggerated sense of self and pursuing their own sinister ends. Humility is the way to resolve the conflicts and contradictions of leadership.

People don’t respect know-it-alls, especially when they know that the know-it-all doesn’t know it all. Admitting mistakes and being open to accepting new ideas and new learning communicates that you are willing to grow. You can avoid excessive pride only if you recognize that you’re human and need the help of others, and that’s another important reason for leaders being great learners.

Excerpted from the announced the recent appointment of its new CEO, Satya Nadella, Wall Street was initially enamored with the news.