Thursday, August 20, 2009

EGO Keeps Some People from Being Good Managers

Perhaps one of the saddest experiences in the work place is to see a manager or employee who is so intelligent and who has so much potential, yet their personality gets in the way of true success.

Unfortunately almost everyone at some time in their career has come into contact with bosses or colleagues whose inflated ego limited their potential. Sadly, most ego-centric people don’t see how their ego inhibits their progress. Egotists usually think someone else is at fault.

People with strong egos usually are self-centered, self-absorbed, and me-focused. They believe their ideas or opinions are more valid, more important, or superior to those of others. They turn to themselves for answers, rather than seeking input from those around them.

It’s easy to tell who has an ego problem. Egotists are those who Edge the Group Out. They project an image that they can do things on their own. They don’t need others. They act as if they are smart enough, good enough, or strong enough to solve any problem or conquer any challenge on their own. When others try to interject their ideas or offer to help, the egotist rejects or devalues the gesture. The egotist wrongly believes his or her own intelligence is greater than the collective intelligence of the group.

You can check the strength of your own ego by assessing the level of trust, respect and confidence you have in those with whom you work. The higher the trust and respect you feel for others, the lower your ego.

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