Why do some leaders become derailed and lose sight of their goals and responsibilities? John Mattone is the current CEO of John Mattone-Global, and an internationally renowned author and CEO executive coach. Recently, AMA sat down with John to ask for his input on this topic.
AMA: In your experience as a coach, why do leaders become derailed and lose sight of their goals?
JM: There are a lot of reasons, and I’m sure we’ve all seen this before. It’s that overinflated ego, the aggressiveness, the high self-image, the bull in the china shop syndrome ‑‑ that’s probably the biggest reason.
With those individuals, what they need to recognize is that, and what I often see, is that there’s a trait that’s within them. One of those traits that, in my experience, if you’re going to be successful as a leader or a future leader, needs to be elevated. This trait is called “disciple.” It’s a disciple trait, and it really reflects another oriented approach. So what this means is it’s not about me. It’s about others, it’s about us, and it’s being respectful and being proud of being part of something bigger than just you. So, often what I have to do is work on a leader to cultivate that disciple trait, and to recognize that, if they can really elevate that trait in a mature way, that’s ultimately going to lead to more success for them, their teams, and their organization.
The other thing that I should mention is character. The scary thing about character is a lot of times character flaws go undetected for a long time. But they will reveal themselves. It’s just a matter of time. What ends up revealing character flaws is when you’re in over your head. You’ve got massive stress in your work and also your life. What ends up happening is that people go awry with character flaws.
I would say the bulk of leadership derailing is behavioral in nature. So I think it really ties into that aggressiveness and the inflated ego that’s out there.
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