Is Your Small Business Ego Out of Control?

September 5th, 2017 by | No Comments

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Owners of small businesses require a healthy amount of ego to have the courage and commitment to start a company. With a lot of uncertainty and without positive early reinforcement, they need to have the confidence that comes with a strong sense of self-worth to succeed. However, as the company grows, their ego can also get in the way of improvement and ultimately cripple their business.

When you only hire people who are worse than you, your ego can get in the way of having the best and brightest working for you. Your business’s talent pool can collapse from the top down and you’ll be unfocused and left with majority of the work, because you feel that you’re the only one who can do the job right. If you always realize that you’re the smartest person in the room, fix this by hiring people who are better than you at things where your skills are weak, or those who specialize in areas you’re unfamiliar with.

Since your ego always says that you’re the greatest, you never ask for help or seek anyone else’s advice. As a result, you’re left to make every decision alone without the benefit of an outsider’s perspective. What you can do instead is consult others’ opinions on important decisions. These people can be social media influencers and thought leaders in your industry, your immediate managers, as well as staff or peers inside or outside your company.

When your ego is out of control, it drives the mentality that people are either completely loyal to you or are against you. There’s no in-between and no matter what happens, it’s never your fault. Thus, you shut down critical feedback and you’ll never take responsibility for anything, unlike what a true leader does. Instead, realize that the best results come from open-mindedness and collaborative efforts inside and outside your company. When something goes wrong, find out why things happened and how to prevent such events from happening again.

About the author:
Jehan S. Ismael is a full-time writer and editor for a leading Internet Marketing firm. She has a love-hate relationship with food, likes to listen to rock and rap music, and enjoys reading books by self-absorbed writers like J.D. Salinger and Anthony Bourdain.

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