Success Can Be Blinding

 John Ruh  Leadership, Professional Development

“The only thing worse than ignorance is arrogance”
Albert Einstein

In most Western cultures, we’re born into and grow up in the context of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. It’s at the very foundation of our way of life, bred into nearly every thought. We soon learn, however, that life and the pursuit of happiness is doesn’t happen in a straight line, and our experiences are fraught with continual up and downs. This is very prevalent in the business world, where companies and people are in a constant state of flux. We finally begin to wonder….

What’s going on?
Best-selling author and renowned business expert Jim Collins says that a key problem with very successful teams/companies is hubris. Hubris (perhaps Collins read Einstein too), or its close “cousin” arrogance, can be blinding to the unavoidable downs that occur. Why is this so? As successful leaders we often “get too full of ourselves”. Our Ego gets in the way (All egos think their perspective is the truth). This arrogance can lead to blind spots that block attention from business or market needs and often lead to unnecessary stress and dire consequences, as well. How can this be addressed, or better, prevented?

Consider the following:

Start the process of

  1. Understanding the nature of your ego
  2. Accepting (all aspects of it)
  3. Learning how to support your ego right

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