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"Overcoming the Sin of Arrogance: How Coaches Can Help Leaders Make Better Decisions"

I’ve said it before. There’s a chronic illness plaguing our leaders and it’s called the sin of arrogance. The challenge is that all successful leaders suffer from the sin of arrogance to some degree. And there’s one area where it can create havoc: decision making.


In my previous post (link), I gave some background regarding how the sin of arrogance develops in successful leaders - resulting with all kinds of problems, including derailment of career goals for leaders. Even though no one is immune from the sin of arrogance, it can still be managed. But first, let’s list two major challenges associated with the sin of arrogance:


Coaches can help a leader with an ego make decisions without ego by:


1  Encouraging self-awareness: Coaches can help leaders recognize and become aware of their own ego and how it affects their decision-making process. This can be done through reflective exercises, feedback, and mindfulness practices.


2  Challenging assumptions: Coaches can help leaders challenge their assumptions and question their own thinking. This can help leaders see different perspectives, avoid making snap judgments, and consider alternative solutions.


3  Encouraging collaboration: Coaches can help leaders recognize the value of collaboration and encourage them to seek input from others. This can help leaders make more informed decisions and avoid the pitfalls of relying solely on their own judgment.


4  Fostering a learning mindset: Coaches can help leaders adopt a learning mindset that focuses on continuous improvement and growth. This can help leaders embrace their mistakes, learn from them, and avoid becoming defensive or blaming others.


5  Providing accountability: Coaches can hold leaders accountable for their actions and decisions. This can help leaders avoid the trap of blaming others for their mistakes and encourage them to take ownership of their decisions.


Ultimately, coaches can help leaders recognize that their ego is not a weakness but rather a strength when managed effectively. By developing self-awareness, challenging assumptions, embracing collaboration, fostering a learning mindset, and providing accountability, coaches can help leaders make better decisions without letting their ego get in the way.


And always remember:


Great managers are made. Not born.


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