Ego Trap #2: Does Your Technical Expertise Trump Your Leadership Skills?
Radio Talk on Feb 07, 2015 @ 8 PM CST
Ego Trap 2 gets triggered any time a leader overvalues his technical skills, industry knowledge, or field expertise at the expense of other emotionally intelligent leadership attributes, such as flexibility, self-control, and social skill.
Business owners will often defend their EQ defects (as Steve Jobs did) by pointing to their entrepreneurial success, yet the reality is that EQ is an essential piece of the leadership pie.
A recent analysis in the Harvard Business Review confirms that technical skills alone can’t make the leader… the skills that help you climb to the top won’t suffice once you get there.
The EQ-based talents, such as being able to motivate team members, get buy-in, and lead change, are the real leadership deal makers.
Yet when a leader continues to grind out responses to team members in the role of the “expert” rather than taking on the mantle of chief motivating officer, that technical prowess can become an albatross.