And it is not just the large egos that need to be curtailed. Those with small or unstable egos can be just as damaging, as they drive team members to “keep their heads down” and miss out on contributing what the team needs from them. Every team member must be socially aware and be prepared to subordinate their egos, big or small, to the ego of the team. The trick is in striking a balance where each member “temporarily” checks their ego, and consciously steps up or steps back, depending on what the team needs at the time.
In their book “Egonomincs”, David Marcum and Steven Smith argue that “If we manage ego wisely, we get the upside it delivers….but when that intense, persistent force manages us, companies suffer real economic losses.” Learn to watch for signs of ego issues on your team. Keeping them in check can make the difference in the success or failure of your team.