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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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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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Leadership Ego: Crossing from Confident to Arrogant

“Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.” — David Marcum and Steven Smith in egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability), Fireside, 2007 I’m re-reading egonomics… which Publisher’s Weekly describes: “In this uneasy mix of business analysis and psychological study, business consultants Marcum and Smith […]
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The Costs of Ego

“Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.”— David Marcum and Steven Smith in egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability), Fireside, 2007 There’s a significant difference between “big ego” and healthy ambition. Professionals usually start out with big ideas, a strong ego, ambition, talent and […]
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Why Leaders Need to Improve
(Authentic) Self Confidence

No one gives you self confidence; it is something each of us has to develop on our own. Now, you may have been fortunate to have had great parents and siblings and supportive teachers who intuitively built your self-esteem. Okay, lucky you. I don’t deny that happens and that some people seem to have been […]
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The Inner Game of Leading Others

I’ve been thinking a lot about how leaders change themselves to become more influential and effective. My last post talked about The Inner Game of Golf, a book by Timothy Gallwey. Gallwey introduced us to thinking about our inner vs. outer worlds. Whether applied to sports or to work, the inner game is where we […]
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Leadership Trust Buster: High Self-Orientation

How can executives improve their levels of leadership trust? I’m continuing from my previous posts on how to build up trust. Based on solid research and advice of authors David Maister, Charles Green, and Robert Galford in The Trusted Advisor, we can break trust down to four components: Credibility Reliability Intimacy Self-orientation Self-orientation is the […]
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The Dark Side of Ambition: Psychopathic Traits at Work

I love ambition. I think it’s a great motivator and source of energy. Let’s face it, some things we have to do at work just aren’t all that much fun, nor interesting, nor urgent… but they must be done. So being a little greedy, or hungry, can be a good thing. But once in a […]
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