The Leadership Creep
It kind of feels like a dirty word.
Dictionary.com defines it as “inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity”
Not a very positive definition and I don’t think most of us have any desire to be defined this way. We at least know that we don’t like other people who are all about themselves.
And yet I think the creep towards narcissism is much easier than we realize. In fact, I think it’s the creep that’s so dangerous. We know we don’t want to be narcissistic and yet, are we aware of our tendency to drift there if we’re not careful?
Narcissistic leaders are always looking beyond their sphere of influence with visions of grandiosity far out of proportion to what is actually being given. Ruth Haley Barton from Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
In a time where self-promotion is becoming a cultural norm especially via social media tools (such as this blog), how do leaders effectively manage the tendency to creep towards narcissism?
Jesus said, “If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” Matthew 10:39 The Message
How do you fight the creep towards narcissism?