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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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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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Fallible Leaders: 11 Derailing Behaviors

We live in a celebrity culture where leaders, especially CEOs, are expected to be perfect examples of heroes. They are held up as icons. We don’t like to admit they have flaws, or that the traits that make them special can also lead to poor executive decisions and failure. It’s probably human nature to want […]
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How to Manage Your Ego

A strong ego may help you win in business, but too much can hurt your leadership effectiveness. I think you’ll agree with me: the hardest side of business to master is the human component. Entire industries are now dedicated to providing leadership training and development to organizations challenged by the behavior of their “human capital.” […]
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How Ego Leads to Failed Decisions

Most of the leaders I work with in organizations are pretty smart, talented and competent. They got to where they are because of their strengths. But leaders have to learn to manage themselves well. By that I mean, we all have to walk that line between self confidence and big ego. When we fail to […]
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When Healthy Ambition Morphs Into a Big Ego

“In over two-thirds of comparison cases (average/good companies), we noted the presence of a gargantuan personal ego that contributed to the demise or continued mediocrity of the company.” — Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, 2001 Why do people cling so tightly to their egos? I guess I […]
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