Leaders must abandon their egos

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Leaders must abandon their egos

Jenny Roper

Having a large ego might be necessary to become CEO but will ultimately hold an organisation back

Leaders must abandon their egos and be truly authentic to be most effective, according to Isaac Getz, professor of leadership and innovation at ESCP Europe Business School and co-author of Freedom, Inc.

Speaking exclusively to HR magazine ahead of the publication of his forthcoming book Leadership Without Ego, co-authored with Robert Davids and Brian Carney, Getz stressed the importance of leaders empowering staff to think and make decisions for themselves, and the importance of abandoning ego to achieve this.

“Ego is a very important part of CEO image… [but] if a CEO wants to transform their organisation around trust they need to start with themselves,” said Getz. “If they haven’t abandoned their own ego, if they think they’re the most intelligent person in the organisation and can second guess the directions of others, then all the nice talk about trust is just useless.”

You can read this  HR magazine article here.

About Isaac Getz

Isaac Getz is an author, conference speaker, senior advisor and currently holds the post of Professor at ESCP Business School.

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