What role does an ego play in effective leadership?

Can be important if managed.48%

Is more of a barrier than a virtue.46%

It's neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.5%


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Director in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
Confidence is a virtue, arrogance and lack of humility can ruin culture and prevent teamwork
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Director of Technology Strategy in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees

I agree. As much as we should not confuse confidence with ego, we shouldn't confuse narcissism either.

Director of Technology in Government, 501 - 1,000 employees
A ego is many times necessary for success in any leadership position. You need to have confidence in yourself as well as your abilities but don’t think your the smartest in the room. Harness your ego and manage it with intent but you also have to know when to check your ego in at the door.
CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Ego can go either way. Too much ego will normally get in the way of effective business partnerships. Too little ego normally reflects as a lack of confidence or that you're too easily swayed and can't take a stance. Managed properly, ego can be an advantage.
Director of Technology Strategy in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
Could it be that what we often claim as ego is usually confidence?

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