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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Five signs that a CEO is too in love with himself

'How common is narcissism in chief executives? Are top bosses arrogant, pathological achievers who are desperate for admiration or are they just deservedly self-confident decision makers? Many politicians and bankers appear to be arrogant, self-important snobs. Did their narcissism, first manifest as self-confidence, actually help them to climb the greasy pole? Does the way we treat our chief executives turn their self-confidence into pathological narcissism? Could it be that we are the cause of the problem and not them?.......

So what is the bottom line? First, it’s not that difficult to spot narcissists at the top. Actually, it is very easy. Second, the line between healthy, self-aware self confidence and narcissism is a thin one. Third, perhaps we are to blame for accepting ever demanding narcissistic behaviour in our leaders just to have a quiet life. Fourth, buckle your belt when the narcissist is in charge. You may be lucky or not as you try to cling on to the roller-coaster.'


Determination and Energy

Determination and Energy are two values of Positive Leadership.

‘If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over.’ John Wooden

‘The energy of the mind is the essence of life.’ Aristotle

Here are some reference materials which speak to these values:


Simply Ask

Today we are going to give you a powerful tool that will help you get what you want in life - in just one word.

There's a very powerful, very effective tool you can use to get what you want in life. And, as simple as it is, most of us weren't taught to use it very well when we were growing up. In fact, some of us were taught not to use it at all, or only when absolutely necessary.

What is this simple, powerful tool? Simply ask. That's it. Ask. Ask for what you want. Now, we don't mean whine, and we don't mean you should expect a handout or someone to do your work for you - those things simply make you less than you can be. What we do mean is learn to ask very specifically and very courteously for what you want. Ask in a way that both helps you define and achieve the end results you desire.

When you ask for help, create value for the person you are asking. Can you help him or her first? What's in it for them if they do help you? Money? A good feeling? Being part of a purpose that will help many others? Paint a picture for them of how helping you will benefit them. Finally, ask, with the expectation and belief that you will get what you want - and keep on asking until you do.

You may not continue to ask the same person and you may have to ask in different ways, but if you refuse to accept "no" for an answer, you increase your chances of eventually ending up with a "yes." 


Honesty and Responsibility

Honesty and Responsibility are two values of Positive Leadership.

‘Honesty is a question of right or wrong, not a matter of policy.’ Unknown

‘No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.’ William Penn

Here are some reference materials which speak to these values: