Ego is an essential part of leadership. Yet, ego-driven behavior is often the reason for failure when it comes to launching new technology innovations.
In the tech industry, being innovative and entrepreneurial are coveted and expected leadership traits. Leading a successful tech innovation requires acknowledging your ego is frequently the dominant driver in your behavior; however, it is purpose, not ego that should be what motivates and inspires you.
Ego vs. Purpose
Leaders find motivation either through ego or purpose. Where you find your motivation can be the determining factor in the success of your innovation, project or new business.
The Perils and Pitfalls of Ego Motivation
Those leaders who find motivation through ego are only looking to benefit themselves, through profit, praise or self-validation. The ego-driven strategy, whether it be for a technology innovation or a new business launch, doesn’t lend itself to long-term success, because the purpose is singular focused.
What are the Characteristics of an Ego-led Leader?
- Views failure as a setback and frequently blames others
- Believes their ideas, strategy and tactics are the best or only way
- Does not feel the need to gain consensus or consider opposing views
By contrast, a leader who is motivated by purpose wants their organization to evolve. They are seeking innovation for organizational efficiency, profit or awareness. They act deliberately and ask the questions,
“Why are we doing this?”
“What are the desired outcomes?”
“Will people support it?”
Characteristics of Purposeful Leadership
- Pursuit of organization improvement
- Views failures and setbacks as challenges to overcome and learning experiences
- Desire to collaborate and seek others opinions, considers opposing opinions
How Do You Create an Ego-Free Environment?
When seeking collaboration and adoption, give everyone a voice. This means listening more than convincing. Take time to genuinely understand people’s concerns, suggestions and opposition.
Ready, Set, Lead.
Technology innovation is happening at every company and every department. If your company is embarking on a new innovation to grow your business, contact ASK Staffing. At ASK Staffing, we can connect you to top industry talent to lead your innovation.