“Do not tolerate brilliant jerks, the cost to teamwork is too high.” Reed Hastings, CEO Netflix
These men or women show up in our organizations in a crisp navy blue suit, striped shirt & tan shoes. Along with the physical perfection they shine through with their choice of words & deep subject matter knowledge. They know that they are the smartest in the room- and need to ensure that everyone is reminded of that fact, yet once again. These lone wolves rarely invite others to collaborate, because they feel that they are “simply superior” & do not subscribe to the “kumbaya” of culture.
They over-identify themselves with their IQ, and EQ is almost non-existent. This imbalance is expressed with their aggressive behaviour that unveils their insecurity. This leads them to push hard on the team as they demand perfection, which can quickly lead to pressure that fractures the organization.
So why do organizations allow them to still be around? Because most of the time, they are one of the top performers in the organization! And weak leaders are scared to lose these individuals and ignore their toxicity for financial benefit.
Some of these jerks can be reigned-in through coaching, but those not willing to take responsibilty & seek help should not be tolerated.
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