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Authentic Leadership by Bas Blekkingh

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5

The ego layer

You have reached the core of the book. The ego layer lies between the norms and values layers and is the deepest layer on which an environment can exert influence. On this layer you will find the various egos you can call into play to influence others. Although egos are useful mechanisms, you must be careful not to let them get the better of you for too long, otherwise you may fall prey to the very things you’re trying to avoid. In this chapter I discuss what egos are and how they work. You will find out why you call them into play, what the corresponding risks and benefits are and how you can deal with them when you see that they don’t produce the desired results. I will discuss this at length, since calling your exaggerated ...

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