Four Signs of a Big Ego


Your coworkers and team members are usually aware, much earlier than you’ll ever figure out, that your ego has become overinflated. If you’ve developed some good relationships with trusted colleagues, they’ll let you know.

But how can you keep tabs on yourself, before it becomes obvious that you’re crossing the line into overinflated ego?

Here are four telltale signs:

  1. You find yourself being defensive. Defending ideas ultimately turns into becoming defensive.
  2. You continually compare yourself to others. In truth, being too competitive actually makes you less competitive.
  3. You seek acceptance to justify your ego needs. You crave respect and recognition from others, which eventually interferes with your success.
  4. You make a point of showcasing your brilliance.

Your ego may be in control if you experience the following:

  • Viewing a colleague as a rival and planning how to “beat” him/her
  • Taking it personally when someone disagrees with your ideas
  • Disagreeing with someone simply because you didn’t come up with the idea first
  • Prematurely criticizing the competition’s strategies without considering their value
  • Compulsively following a competitors lead, just to “keep up with the Joneses”

Comparing others’ external environments to your own (signs of status or wealth, without regard for inner values).

Everyone is culpable from time to time, some more than others. It’s human nature.

It’s important to know when the signs appear that we can easily adjust our outlook. Fortunately, life often deals us lessons in humility, often at just the right moment!

Next up: Three good ways to keep your ego in check

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