Ways to Keep Your Ego in Check

by on August 6, 2010

This following saying depicts that self-assurance beyond a limit results in arrogance and this is relevant to anyone in a leadership position. No doubt, a leader should have strong conviction in his abilities. If he doesn’t believe in himself, no one else will be going to do that. A common person become a leader, with the support of his followers, however he will sooner or later lose his attitude if the followership is sycophantic instead of being supportive. It is quite easy to satirize the outsized egos of others when ever they trip up, so often we do that. So, keeping your ego in check is a better approach. Check out the following tips:

It’s okay if other people think you’re God, but you’re in trouble if you start believing it.”

Believe in best friend saying: Listen to your friends or spouse or colleagues as they are not afraid to give you any suggestion. Although the word Friendship is diluted in this world of social media, still the bond between people who know and respect each other remains vital. A true friend would never dare to tell you the truth and let you know the actual position. You always in need of friendship of one or two close associates whom you trust above others.

Self assessment: Take time to gain perspective on what you are doing. This will be valuable while keeping your ego in check. According to Catholic tradition, penitents go through an examination of conscience, reflecting on their offenses. A frank self assessment of shortcomings is always advised to keep your head on straight, however too much dwelling on the negative is never good.

Keep reminding yourself: There is a need to keep reminding yourself that success is earned and not bestowed. When ancient romans welcome their victorious military commanders, a slave standing next to him would hold a golden laurel above his head and speak softly into his ear, “Remember you are mortal.” Always accept your praise, but never consider it thoroughly. Take the charge of yourself by checking the ego as this is an exercise in modesty.

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