Ego traps that can sabotage your career

October 3, 2017 Categorized in: AdvancementFeatured ArticlePersonal DevelopmentWork/Life Balance

What are the most common foibles that cause promising professionals to fail? These are the traps that can bring you down:

  1. Arrogance. You think everyone else is wrong.
  2. Volatility. Your moods swing unpredictably.
  3. Excessive caution. When faced with challenges or decisions, you freeze like the proverbial deer caught in the headlights.
  4. Habitual distrust. You fixate on everyone else’s faults.
  5. Mischievousness. You grow addicted to breaking rules.
  6. Eccentricity. You project an artificially quirky or odd persona.
  7. Passivity. Because you say little, your silence is misinterpreted as agreement. The result is chaos.
  8. Perfectionism. You do the small things right, but the big things go haywire.
  9. Eagerness to please. Your desire to be liked kills your chances of being effective.

— Adapted from Why CEOs Fail, David L. Dotlich, Jossey-Bass.