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Egotistic Leaders: 4 Steps to Tame the Beast

  Egotistic leaders: it seems they’re everywhere. At least, it seems so, if you watch the news or have been reading my recent posts on working for a leader with a big ego.
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Countering Egotistic Leadership:
Taking Ground Back

Egotistic leadership can be countered. But it takes a deliberate effort on the part of leaders to refocus and see things from a wider view. Trained coaches are an excellent resource to guide leaders to a helpful perspective. In some cases, a leader can only make progress on becoming less egotistical through working with an experienced […]
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Here’s Why Egotistic Leadership Doesn’t Work

Egotistic 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 […]
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How Leaders with Big Ego Are Less Effective

For any leader, the risks of big ego are magnified. An inflated perception of oneself distorts reality, both inwardly and outwardly. Author Ryan Holiday, in his book, Ego Is the Enemy (Penguin, 2016), explores what drives this behavior: Egotists regard themselves as superior, set apart from everyone else. They are entitled and important simply because […]
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The Risks of Working for a
Leader with Big Ego

If you’ve ever worked for someone with a big ego, then you know how frustrating it can be. Nothing can be more debilitating in an organization. Leaders with out-of-control egos are responsible for huge losses in productivity and profits. “Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.”—David Marcum and Steven […]
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5 Levels of Leadership:
Stage 1, Egocentric Leaders

What are the 5 levels of leadership? It’s really not surprising that leaders, like all people, go through stages as they mature. Anderson and Adams, authors of Mastering Leadership, have studied the development stages of adults and drawn up parallel levels of leadership maturity. Their Universal Model of Leadership is based on these five levels […]
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3 Keys to Managing Your Leadership Ego

On a scale from one to ten, how healthy is your leadership ego? Let’s say 10 is out-of-control, and a one is just too wimpy. Leaders have big egos, it’s part of what makes them strong leaders. Yet some leaders maintain egos that are healthier than others. Ultimately, it’s up to each of us to […]
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Leadership Strengths: A Strong Ego Is a Good Thing

When it comes to leadership strengths and advantages, there’s a big difference between leaders with strong, healthy egos and those with big egos. Titrated properly, ego is inherently positive, providing a necessary level of confidence and ambition. If we know how to use it effectively and manage it well, it’s a powerful asset. Ego drives […]
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Is Your Ego an Asset or Liability?

How do you know if your ego is driving success or driving you toward derailment? Companies can be populated with talented, high-IQ people with no shortage of vision, education, experience or good intentions, yet they may still have an undercurrent of out-of-control egos responsible for huge losses in productivity and profits. I’m re-reading David Marcum […]
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10 Signs You Have a Big Ego

Have you ever tried to calculate the cost of big egos in your organization? Right. Difficult to do, but there’s no denying that leaders who are driven by their big egos, greed, and thirst for power often make costly decisions corporations have to pay for. Fifty-three percent of businesspeople estimate ego costs their company 6 […]
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