In EGO vs. EQ, Jen Shirkani shares strategies for using emotional intelligence (EQ) as a tool to avoid career derailment. The executive leadership failure rate is high: two in five CEOs fail in the first eighteen months on the job. This book teaches you how to identify the most common reasons for leadership ineffectiveness, and provides tools to raise your EQ, prevent leadership lapses, and avoid the cascading consequences they can produce.
Drawing on real-life anecdotes from the author’s twenty years of coaching and consulting, including stories of success and failure from the leaders of vanguard companies in energy, investment, and health care industries, Ego vs. EQ provides research and case study examples in an easy to read, practical format and is ideal for anyone currently in an executive leadership role, including business owners, and those wanting to become a dynamic leader in the future.
As much as employees would like to speak freely to their CEOs, most bite their tongues and tell their leaders exactly what they want to hear. Shirkani, a longtime coach, consultant, and founder and CEO of the Penumbra Group, explores the blind spots that this lack of candor creates for CEOs and the eight ensuing "ego traps" that hinder their performance. The remedy for such traps is emotional intelligence (EQ), "the capacity for self-awareness, empathy, social skills, and self-regulation" a skill set that CEOs must possess to succeed and thrive. EQ counters such ego-driven problems as ignoring feedback you don't like, not relinquishing control, and underestimating how much you are being watched. The author helps readers break free of these traps, and she closes each chapter with three actionable R's (recognize, read, and respond), which help develop new EQ-based behavior. She also explores other traps, such as believing that technology skills trump leadership skills, or falling back into old bad habits. Shirkani's examples effectively show that even the most successful executives fall victim to ego traps. By embracing their EQ, company leaders can avoid the isolation pitfalls that hinder successful management careers.