Insecure leaders have a hard time promoting others for fear they will lose their position of authority or next promotion.
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Pride is a tragic result of insecurity. Not the good kind of pride which comes from genuine and well deserved confidence, but the bad kind of pride which is often simply over inflated ego.
This kind of pride and arrogance often leads us down a path to self destruct because it is driven by the need for the approval of others. The unspoken hope rests in the desire to be secure in ourselves when others speak well of us. We seek validation from peers, strangers and even subordinates.
Can you see the vicious cycle? An insecure leader cannot promote or even praise a subordinate for fear of loss, but simultaneously they are bound in their own success by the need to be liked and approved of by those they lead.
Ya. Been there. Done that. Glad to be in a place where I can see the signs and crush them when they come up. 😁