I’ve been having conversations with restaurant leaders about ego, and coaching them on making sure to keep that ego in check. No matter how talented you are, if you’re always the smartest person in the room, that does not create an environment conducive to developing other leaders and building your tribe.
Ego is the single biggest thing that I have seen derail careers in the restaurant industry. I’m talking huge careers, C-Level leaders, that begin to believe their own hype and their own press. This is a dangerous and slippery slope folks. We need self-regard of course, but we don’t need inflated egos.
Remember how you got to where you are, and who helped you get there, and remember it is not all about you. It is about the influence you have and the leadership you provide to the next generation of leaders.
Be the leader that serves their team well and gets out of the way. Give the credit to others when things go well and take more of the blame when things don’t go as well as you’d hoped they would. Channel your ego into pride for your team and the mission your organization has.
We need less ego and more empathy. We need less ego and more humility.
When we are less, we become more for those that we need us most.