Executives & Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is not the value you can bring to a situation. Self-esteem is the value you see within yourself.

When an executive’s self-esteem is poor, it manifests itself in the workplace in a number of negative, and oftentimes dangerous, ways. In order to feel better, the executive with poor self-esteem will publicly humiliate other people, start rumors, and make the final decision on all matters. There are two reasons these things happen. First, by putting others down he or she hopes to look higher up to other people. Second, since the excecutive with poor self-esteem doesn’t want other people to find out how little value he or she can really bring to a situation, the person doesn’t want there to be any mistakes that might expose his or her weaknesses, and, consequently, doesn’t allow other people to make decisions that might cause poor results.

The executive with strong self-esteem is able to act as a true business leader. He or she allows other people to make decisions and is comfortable in dealing with the ramifications of giving other people well-defined autonomy. This type of executive turns these situations into learning experiences rather than as moments that affect his or her self-esteem.

I encourage you to write down your strengths and the value you bring to your organization. Read it over and add to it. Understanding your value will help keep you from micromanaging other people and humiliating them.

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