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The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Jim McConoughey, Laurence G. Weinzimmer

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“Does This Doorframe Make My Head Look Big?”

Problems with Self-Absorbed Leaders

A joke has circulated around Silicon Valley for years. “What’s the difference between God and Larry Ellison [founder of Oracle]? The difference is that God doesn’t think he’s Larry Ellison.”

Well, here it is, the granddaddy mistake of them all, the biggest, which is why we saved it for last. As identified by our research, of the nine biggest mistakes that leaders can make to ruin their careers and drive their organizations over the cliff, self-absorbed leadership was the most prominent. Specifically, almost 70 percent of the leaders we talked with believed that self-absorption was the most damning mistake a leader can make. We have all worked with someone whose ...

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