Having a big ego — good or bad?

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Guests: Nicole Lipkin and Robert Sutton

Is a big ego the key to being a good leader? Is it a prerequisite for success in the workplace or in public life? Egotists think they are the smartest person in the room, have a hard time hearing criticism and listening to others, and take all the credit. Consider Donald Trump — is he really capable of leading the country or does he just suffer from an inflated ego? On the other hand, having a healthy ego can be valuable in building confidence, drive and self-esteem. Today on Radio Times we’ll talk about ego in the workplace – when it’s helpful and when it can be destructive. Our guests are psychologist NICOLE LIPKIN and management professor ROBERT SUTTON. They’ve both studied and written about what it takes to be an effective leader. Lipkin is the author of What Keeps Leaders Up At Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues and Sutton’s most recent book is Good Bosses, Bad Bosses.

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