As people managers have you ever considered how much your ego actually affects all the dynamics in your team?
First let's start with a simple definition – Ego defines the "I" – our own persona. Our teams are then comprised of a set of different "I"s that work together to achieve a common goal, but today we're going to focus more on our own selves and touch a characteristic that is quite influential to the "I" and that is Confidence.
What is it to be confident related to people management:
· Define your success as a people manager through the success of the individuals in your team
   o Being a Leader is not about you – it is about bringing the best from the people around you and enabling them to discover their true potential. This is our purpose and our center. We grow, based on the collective success of our Team.
· Create an environment, where your direct reports could openly challenge your ideas and approach
   o What profit can we have if we create an environment where our every idea is accepted as a "great" one, by a team of conformists only to be destroyed by the clash with reality? Isn't it better if we exit our staff meeting with the best idea, built with the contribution of everyone in the room?
· Be able to admit to a mistake
   o Assuming a position of power to hide a mistake that we did will not change the understanding of others. It will only make them loose trust and respect in us. Trust and respect are essential in creating the environment in which a strong and confident Leader thrives.
· Be able to apologize sincerely
   o Saying "Sorry" is never easy and it's even harder to do it sincerely sometimes. However it is again essentially connected with building Trust and Respect in others. Admitting a mistake and apologizing will actually have the opposite effect to what an unconfident person might think it will do – it will give us even more "respect points"
· Give credit to and promote the success of your team members
   o There are a few things that are more demotivating than someone else taking credit for the work you've done. Let us remember the first bullet point and always give credit when it's due.
· Be able to admit to having a weakness
   o Nobody is perfect and confident people not only know this very well, but are able to admit their weaknesses and look for people with the qualities that will make up for them. Building a team where people complement each other is one of the priorities of the Leader.
· Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you
   o As we have said – if you are the smartest person in the room, you are definitely in the wrong room. Being surrounded by sharp and smart people will not only motivate us to develop further and further, but will increase our chances of success in all our doings as a Team. Guy Kawazaki says, "Good people hire people better than themselves. So A players hire A+ players. But others hire below their skills to make themselves look good. So B players hire C players. C players hire D players, etc. and you'll soon end up with a company of Z players".
· Be able to show your "human" side
   o People form emotional relationships and there is no escaping this fact. Keeping too much of a distance will prevent your people to follow you with their hearts while in many situations having only logic at your side will not suffice.
Best regards,

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