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One Common Personality Trait That Crushes Leadership Success, Value And Reputation

Source | | Kathy Caprino

Type in “bad boss” on your internet browser, and you’ll see well over one million references, including articles, videos, episodic shows, and more all about terrible bosses who make our lives miserable. Our pop culture seems to love the bad boss, and we also love to share hilarious memes of bosses like Michael Scott from The Office. And we cheer while watching the demise of terrible managers in box office hits like Horrible Bosses. I’ve written my fair share about terrible bosses, and had several in my corporate life and understand the challenge they pose to employees and organizational success. And in my work as an executive and career coach over the past 15 years, I’ve fielded countless queries about how to handle a destructive and even narcissistic boss.

Egregious executive behavior can play well on the silver screen, but it’s fraught with real-world consequences, as we all know. According to leadership experts Bill Treasurer and John Havlik, bad-boss behavior stems from all-too-common leadership tendencies (or seeds of those tendencies) that many of us carry within us: hubris, arrogance, and a proclivity to abuse power. If those tendencies go unchecked for too long, our leadership capability, reputation, value to the organization, and positive impact will be severely impacted.

In their new book, The Leadership Killer: Reclaiming Humility in an Age of Arrogance, the authors share that there is an antidote to the prevailing do-anything, say-anything, “because I can” culture today, and it’s humility. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain John Havlik and leadership development expert and author Bill Treasurer compile decades of insights from advising global organizations and leading elite military special operations teams to pinpoint precisely where good leaders go bad, and, more importantly, how to recognize your own hubris and become more effective and humble. The book shares important information that will help leaders thrive by understanding: 

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