Leadership Give and Take: Strengthening the Giver’s Image

In previous posts I’ve been writing about the paradox of leadership give and take. The majority of employees see their bosses fitting the mold of the “takers”, putting their needs first and working their way up the corporate ladder effectively. Conversely, “givers”,...

Leadership Give and Take: The Surprise of Giving

“Success doesn’t measure a human being, effort does.” ~ Adam M. Grant, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success (Penguin 2013) I’ve been reading about the paradox of leadership give and take.  “Givers” generally don’t strike people as those who will attain...

Leadership Give and Take: The Deception of Taking

I’ve been reading, and writing, about the paradox of leadership give and take. The premise regarding those who try to claim as much value as they can is that they get what they want.  Their intentions are to achieve goals and maximize their opportunity.  These...

Becoming a Conscious Leader

I’ve been exploring what it’s like to work for a leader with a big ego. Author Ryan Holiday, in his book, Ego Is the Enemy (Penguin, 2016) makes the case for several guiding principles leaders can use in overcoming their self-importance attitudes. Every leader who’s...

The Path to Taming the Ego

Egotism  in 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...

Leaders with Ego: The Outer Symptoms

Leaders with big egos not only affect the people they work with, but the whole organization suffers. The larger the ego, the smaller the ability to be open to other viewpoints. This disinterest in varying perspectives impedes constructive conversation. A large ego...