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Are You an Empty Suit? Do You Have CEO Disease?

Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence.

In short, self-awareness is where you lean to recognize internal meters and subtle signals.

Two Roadblocks on the Path of Legacy Leadership

There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This is certainly a truism in leadership.

When Protocol & Pyramids Cause CEO Disease

You want to be a legacy leader—a leader of real influence—then beware of protocol and pyramids.

Are You a Self-Aware Leader? Get a Quick Two-Step Checkup

The root cause of CEO Disease is a lack of self-awareness.

2 Ideas to Climb the Leadership Ladder with Humility

As you ascend the leadership ladder and grow in leadership influence, the tendency is to become less and less self-aware. This tendency doesn’t make you a bad human—it just makes you, well, human. Period.

To be an effective leader—to lead with purpose, direction, and optimism—you have to fight the tendency to devolve in self-awareness.

5 Signs an Employee is Ready for a Leadership Position

I know you’re in hot pursuit of flushing CEO Disease out of your leadership system. Thus allow me to highlight one symptom of CEO Disease for you to evaluate.

3 Ways CEO Disease Affects Everyone Around You

While you may think CEO Disease is just a you problema you problem becomes an everyone problem when it is undetected and unaddressed by you as a leader. Like most bad habits or that creeping undertow of egoism, this you problem spills out onto everyone else around you and those people don’t really like being dumped on.

One Surefire Way to Weaken Your Leadership Immune System

There isn’t a one time, cure-all, for CEO Disease. You can’t just ward it off once and think you’ll never be susceptible to it ever again. 

Two Indicators You Need a Leadership Wellness Check

The tricky thing about CEO Disease is unless you’re consciously looking for symptoms of it, you’re none the wiser that you are infected. And you’re none the wiser because you get glowing feedback all of the time from the people you lead and your teams.

Two Causes of CEO Disease

More than any other time in the history of mankind, we have more access to seemingly limitless knowledge. We have the answers to most, if not all, of life’s academic or intellectual questions, in our back pocket—on this powerful information device we call a smartphone.

Though exceptional leaders—legacy leaders—know that academic and intellectual knowledge is not enough to succeed or to lead well. To be an effective leader, you also need to develop and continually evolve emotionally and relationally.