David Mizan Hashim: Ego is Good, Ergo Let It Go

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David Mizan Hashim: Ego is Good, Ergo Let It Go

Architect David Mizan Hashim splices this much-maligned trait and reassures doubters that it is benignly beneficial as practised by the leadership of great companies.

Ego – in the realm of leadership this word conjures images of selfish, arrogant self-promoting tyrants spouting edicts and pronouncements that enhance their image as the sole foundation underpinning the success of their organizations. The caricature of the “egoistic leader” is the celebrity master-boss who insists on omnipresence and takes credit for everything positive that occurs in the company. But this is a complete mischaracterisation of the word ego. If ego is correctly understood to mean an individual’s sense of...

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