One key to a great team is to leave your egos at the door. It doesn’t matter if you’re in charge or just the new guy, if your ego isn’t kept it check, it can easily create issues with your team. Here are three ways to keep egos from destroying the good things that are happening in your office…
You can’t always be right: There’s usually more than one way to solve a problem. Sometimes, the right answer may just be the best answer for the current situation. You’re not going to be right all the time, so occasionally you have to agree to disagree and understand that a right answer isn’t always the best right answer.
You need to listen to your team: If you’re the boss, don’t look for feedback if you’re going to ultimately ignore it and do whatever you want. You may think you know the best way forward, but if you’re hearing conflicting reports from the team, you need to hear what they’re saying and give it some consideration. Don’t just dismiss the information you’ve been given and go your own way. By trying to prove that your way is the best way, your ego might end up letting you down.
You won’t always be the hero: You’re not always going to come up with the winning idea. 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. Leave your ego in the parking lot, take a deep breath, and just go with the flow.