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Leading with Less Ego

You won’t realize your own potential if your people do not realize theirs.

If leadership is all about you, you probably shouldn’t be a leader. You might be successful if you are super smart and have great skills; you may be successful for a short term, but what research shows is that in the long term, people won’t want to follow you; ultimately you are going to erode trust because you’re out for yourself.

However, one thing that’s really important to clarify is that selflessness doesn’t mean that you're no longer in the picture. You need to pair a sense of selflessness (being other focused) with a very healthy strong self-confidence, and make sure that when you are taking care of yourself, you’re setting good boundaries. And so, combining selflessness with a sense of strong self-confidence is the sweet spot of leadership.

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