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EGO vs. EQ: How Top Leaders Beat 8 Ego Traps with Emotional Intelligence by Jen Shirkani

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Ego Trap 2

Believing Your Technical Skills Trump Your Leadership Skills

Every organization needs a genius—someone who is so well versed in her field or so adept at her craft that she can serve as the ultimate go-to person in the company. Having a superstar leader at the helm can result in a company with innovative products, a keen sense of what the market needs now and next, or exceptional customer loyalty. For Apple that genius was Steve Jobs; for Microsoft it was Bill Gates. At GE it was Jack Welch; at Facebook it’s Mark Zuckerberg. At your organization, it may be you!

For a large regional insurance company that I was called in to support, it was Gary, a legal genius who could cite case law at a moment’s notice, dismantle even the best argument, ...

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