If you want your team to work smoothly as a unit, egos need to be left in the parking lot. It doesn’t matter if you’re the boss or the new guy on his first day, if your ego isn’t kept it check, it can easily create teamwork problems. Here are a few ways to keep egos from destroying the good things that are happening at your office…
You can’t be right all the time: There’s often more than one way to solve a problem. Sometimes, the right answer may just be the “best right answer.” You’re not going to be right all the time, so occasionally you have to agree to disagree and understand that the majority rules.
You have to listen and understand: Don’t seek feedback if you’re going to ultimately ignore it and make your own decision. You may think you know the best course of action, but if you’re hearing conflicting reports from the team, you need to give that feedback some thought. Don’t just dismiss the information you’ve been given and make your own choice. By trying to prove that you know what you’re doing, your ego might just prove otherwise.
You have to stop complaining: You want things to always go the way you want them to, but that’s just not reality. If you can’t find a way to deal with this fact, you’re going to have a hard time being part of a team. Check your ego at the door and go with the flow.