Here is what a leader with a big ego will do:
- Being defensive. (Early sign: Defending ideas. Ultimately turns into becoming defensive.)
- Comparing to others. If you continually compare yourself to others, you will actually become less competitive. Too inward focusing!
- Seeking acceptance to justify your ego needs. You crave respect and recognition from others, which eventually interferes with your success.
- Show off: You make a point of showcasing your brilliance.
- You think you have all the answers.
- Reject advice. Not smart.
- Can’t admit to being wrong. Ever pushed an idea through, even though you had that sinking feeling in your gut? Cut your loss and regroup instead. Only weak leaders have a hard time doing this.
None of this will make your business stronger, bigger or healthier, and none if this will foster good leaders around you.
Got a big ego? I suggest you send it on holiday for a few weeks and see how you get on without it. You just may be surprised.
I’ve yet to meet anyone complaining someone’s ego is too small.