In my last post, I spoke about leadership ego. A friend then asked me how to keep leadership ego in check:
“Leadership ego is what kills most companies.”
I hear this message a lot, and try to live by it, but I haven't had much luck finding information on how to make this value actionable, beyond things like valuing ideas over seniority, avoiding a superstar culture, and empowering the people on your team to shine more brightly, even if it means personally being in the background.
Random ideas that help keep leadership ego in check:
1 - keep a gratefulness log and log what you are grateful for each day.
2 - Look at those much larger and more successful than you. EG - every time I travel to larger cities, I marvel at how large the companies are by comparison to mine.
3 - I like reading business bios of people who have had great success.
4 - Study servant leadership
5 - learn something new every day.
6 - Do something that challenges you daily.
7 - know that if you "arrive", you are starting to fail. I always think of it like a mountain. Get to the top and you will head down the other side.