Here’s Why Egotistic Leadership Doesn’t Work

Egotistic-leadershipEgotistic leadership not only affects people, but the whole organization suffers. Because of the egotist leader’s disinterest in other viewpoints, they cannot work constructively with those who disagree. They won’t accept or learn from feedback, and it doesn’t take long for feedback to be stifled altogether. A distorted take on reality leads to the egotist’s overconfidence in tackling major challenges.

The effects of leaders with big egos cause great pain throughout the organization. The egotistic leader:

  • Will only hear what they want to hear, creating blindness to truth. They surround themselves with “yes-men” who outwardly resonate with the leader. The real issues aren’t evaluated and thus strategies are misguided.
  • Is indecisive, because they believe that action is not required as threats are downplayed or dismissed.
  • Underestimates challenges due to lack of understanding. The problems grow worse and merge into higher categories of trouble.
  • Takes on daunting tasks without preparation or the ability to solve them, because they see them as less threatening than they really are.
  • Does not relate to the needs of the other people, and doesn’t bother to motivate, teach, or lead them. They don’t prioritize the people who do the work and engage with customers.
  • Acts persecuted or rejected when people disagree or leave the organization.
  • Does not reflect on personal shortcomings because it would interfere with their need to feel superior. Their blind spots go unaddressed, and eventually people stop bringing them up.
  • Does not see available opportunities for the organization because of an internal focus on their own needs.

It’s not difficult to grasp that these symptoms of leadership ego eventually lead to overriding problems that can be difficult to reverse. Teamwork and loyalty are compromised. Creativity, learning, and growth are significantly limited. Opportunities and expectations are missed. Customer retention is jeopardized. Employee turnover rises and the prospects for success fall.

What’s it like where you work? Have you ever worked for someone with too much ego? I’d love to hear from you. Give me a call, 704-827-4474. Or, you can reach me here and on LinkedIn.

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One Comment

  1. Posted June 8, 2017 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    The egotistic leader asks the question “What’s in it for me?” rather than the question “What’s in it for us?”

    The moment that those who follow the leader realize that the leader is only out for number 1, is the moment that they lose control of those that they lead. It may not happen quickly but I assure you, it will happen.

    If those who follow do not believe that the leader has the best intentions for the group at heart, they will not do whatever it takes for the group to succeed.

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