We have all worked with the tough guy. The team member who “won’t stand for it,” who has stories about standing up to bosses and who was always at the coolest parties in college. The one who has the most connections to the most important people in forever, and so on and so on. This is the person who is often too good for certain meetings and who leads with ego, not image.
Well, there is always someone bigger. And it’s usually the person with image, the one who is at peace with their Style and has built a personal brand on fulfilling promises and remaining committed to their Intention.
The person who leads by coordinating the most action is always going to knock out the one who leads with ego.
For starters, a big ego is an easy target. This is especially evident in group settings, where far too often people focus more on asserting their ideas than staying focused on the success of the project. With judgmental speaking and lateral ideas, they’ll choose to build barriers on the path to prosperity that can be surpassed with only an acknowledgement of their input. It creates frustration and erodes the purpose of cooperation.
The best leaders will navigate around the egos while maintaining their balance, recognizing that team member as just another breakdown.