Magazine article Management Today

Career Masterclass: Keep Your Ego in Check

Magazine article Management Today

Career Masterclass: Keep Your Ego in Check

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Ask a variety of people and listen - most of what they say will be true Don't agree? Show willing by adapting at least some of your behaviour.

Go for gold, not glory. CEOs who avoid the spotlight tend to be more successful. Give status-building a rest, keep your head down and let your results speak for you.

Be secure. Doing a great job but need more praise? Grow up. People have better things to do than massage your ego. Let pride in your work fuel your confidence or ask friends and family.

Treat everyone as equals. Recognise that your team have as much to contribute as you, just in different ways. Appreciate their strengths, consider their ideas, and once you have created a solution together, trust them to share the load. You're their manager, not their messiah; they'll be fine.

Let others shine. Publicly praise people's contributions, naming them and being specific about how they excelled. People are more generous with their time and support when they believe they'll be appreciated, and they may even reciprocate. …

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