Bravado, Ego & Bad Outcomes

We have all been caught, at one time or another, in the grip of our own self-righteous and self-serving behaviour. It’s part of the human condition. While we can forgive mild forms of occasional bravado and a temporarily exaggerated ego when the outcome or circumstance is not all that important and the behaviour is infrequent, it becomes a huge problem when it becomes the habitual tendency of the senior leader. Even though ego can occasionally be a virtue if it allows us to gain the courage to break out of a rut or a bad situation, in the case of transformational leadership, recidivist behaviour of this type can be fatal and cannot be tolerated.