Are You a Cocky Leader?

Cocky LederRecently a colleague attempted to work with a vendor that just couldn’t and/or wouldn’t respond in a timely manner. He wouldn’t hear from the vendor for weeks, and then, out of the blue, they would send the information requested. When he “fired” the potential vendor, they wrote back saying, “we didn’t need the opportunity — our business is doing extremely well!”

Confident leaders inspire others to work smarter, share ideas and work in a win-win-win manner. They attract other like-minded people who want to work with them. Unfortunately, when leaders become over-confident, particularly after a big sale, completion of a project, or winning a promotion, they can become cocky. When their egos get in the way, others stop following them. Their influence is diminished and their career or business falters — sometimes for a very long time.

Be the Leader Others Want to Follow

Be Present. Wearing your Bluetooth as jewelry, watching your newsfeed on your cell, or playing games on your electronic gadgets during meetings (one-on-one or groups) is verboten! Instead, listen to others, encourage the exchange of ideas and incorporate others’ opinions to develop a better product, service, presentation or system.

Inspire. Cocky leaders often feel entitled and allow their egos to get in the way of common courtesies. They fail to inspire others. Get back to your everyday work activities as soon as possible! Failing to follow-up or follow-through on texts, emails and phone calls, or fulfill promises, will hurt your reputation now and in the future. Enjoy the great feelings of your win right now and humbly respond to others in a respectful way.

Be Respectful. Many well-respected business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and presidents of not-for-profits are more humble than egotistical. They learned long ago (and sometimes the hard way) that being a cocky leader could, and often did, come back to haunt them. The key is balancing your ego with being humble and showing respect to one and all.

Have Compassion. Many times up and coming leaders do not have compassion for others. Learn to dial up your awareness and compassion, while dialing down your ego.  Volunteer to work for not-for-profit organizations as a “worker” in addition to serving on their Boards.

Check Your Ego at the Door. No one is so special that they cannot be replaced! Remember, every business goes through cycles of up’s and down’s. Keep your teams working with you and for you – share the spotlight.

Acknowledge Others. Learn how to lead others by acknowledging their efforts and brag about them too! Also, accept their congratulations to you graciously.

Brag! Learn how to share your “wins” in a business savvy way. And, teach your team how to do the same. It’s a very important skill that can be developed. Take the time to complete the five amazing steps in, “It’s Time to Brag! Business Edition.”

By developing these skills, you will be the leader others want to follow.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2017

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Jeannette Seibly has been a business advisor and executive coach for 24 years; along the way she’s guided the creation of three millionaires. She is laser sharp at identifying the leverage points that will take a business and its team to the next level of performance and success. She also has extensive experience working with cocky leaders! Check out her website , or contact Jeannette for a free, confidential conversation. Remember to get your copy of her 5th and newest book, It’s Time to Brag! Business Edition.

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