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You might want to step up your humility skills if you wish to be a better leader, because chances are you probably have some work to do in that department.

According to a new study by Accountemps, 70% of workers think people become less courteous as they climb the corporate ladder.

Surveying more than 450 workers in the United States, the study found only 21% of workers believed people become more courteous as they rise in rank.

“Workplace etiquette is about being aware of how your actions affect those around you,” Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, said.

“Time constraints and external pressures aren’t excuses for bad behaviour. While it takes more than just good manners to rise through the ranks, displaying professional courtesy will only help your career.”

A direct co-relation was also observed in the survey when it came to how one behaves in the workplace and career development.

More than eight in 10 (85%) survey respondents said being courteous to coworkers has an impact on a person’s career prospects.

In addition, 44% of those polled stated being polite can greatly accelerate advancement of a person’s career.

Close to four out of 10 (41%), however, stated skills played a bigger role over workplace etiquette when it came to climbing the corporate ladder.

Do you think you’ve unconsciously become ruder as you climb the corporate ladder, or have seen it happen to your peers? Share your comments with us below.

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