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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 4

Not Letting Go of Control

Micromanager. It’s a term we’ve all heard before, and not without at least a little disdain. As Harvard Business Review blogger Ron Ashkenas reminds us, many people complain about micromanagers, but none of us ever actually admit to being one.1 Why would we? The micromanager is seen as meddling, untrusting, and counterproductive. The micromanager may even be thought of, ahem, as a control freak.

By the time individuals reach the level of CEO or senior executive, the era of micromanaging has long since passed. There’s strategy to develop, markets to study, and decisions to make. There are talented people to develop, not to mention the constant daily needs of attending to the health and well-being of your business. ...

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