Suppress your ego

What are the things that you don't know about yourself as a leader? Whatever "that" is will quickly derail your career and success.

Between 50 and 67% of all leaders/managers will hit the wall.

Hit the wall? What do you mean?

Personal blind spots. Said another way, personal blind spots—being unaware of a debilitating weakness in interpersonal behavior and being unwilling, when confronted with evidence, to make adjustments.

Research shows that those with an inflated sense of their own skills and who routinely underestimate their interpersonal issues are 6 times more likely to fail.

Those with an inflated sense of their own skills are 6 times more likely to fail

Getting things done through others, the very essence of leadership, requires a combination of technical (proficiency in business), intrapersonal (self-management together with self-understanding) & interpersonal skills (gaining strong relationships with others and gaining their trust/support).

Not having the ability to work/play well with others will cause your career and success to stall.

Stuart Kaplan, director of leadership at Google said "As you progress in your career, your relationship with others is more important than your knowledge of the relationship to the data. You have to suppress your ego, let go of having the answer and embrace the relational world. Leadership becomes less about having competencies and more about engendering trust."

How about a roadmap to uncovering your blindspots?

  • Take a 360 degree feedback assessment (anonymously of course) from people you work with on leadership, communication, team development, peer group alignment and interpersonal skills.
  • Work with a coach (or, at least a trusted friend without some sort of agenda other than your personal well being). Take the 360 degree above, share the results with a coach, and take a deep dive into your perceived negative behaviors.
  • Examine your "overused strengths." We all have them. When used in excess, "go to" becomes "go away."
  • Just listen. You can learn from everybody. Actively listen rather than instantly judging or responding to the other person's point of view or perspective. Seek first to understand, and then to be understood. 
  • Stay inside yourself. Strive for calm in every encounter and regardless of prevailing circumstances. Some call it being unflappable. In this instance, stoicism is an admirable virtue.

SOURCE: Carter Cast, former CEO of Walmart.com

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