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CEO Disease: Why even the most successful leaders can fall from grace

As a business leader, it's only natural to want to be confident and in control. But sometimes, that confidence can turn into arrogance and a refusal to listen to critical feedback. This is known as the "CEO Disease," and it's a phenomenon described in the book Mindset by Carol Dweck.

The CEO Disease is characterized by a belief that you know everything and a surrounding yourself with people who will only tell you what you want to hear. This can lead to a lack of accountability and a resistance to change. And while it may seem like a desirable state of mind, the reality is that it can be incredibly damaging to both your personal and professional life.

One famous example of the CEO Disease is Lee Iacocca, the former CEO of Chrysler. Iacocca was known for his bold leadership style and innovative ideas. However, as he grew more confident in his abilities, he began to believe that he was always right and surrounded himself with yes-men who wouldn't challenge him. As a result, he became resistant to criticism and was unable to adapt to the changing landscape of the automotive industry. Eventually, Chrysler had to be bailed out by the government.

The lesson here is that even the most successful leaders can fall prey to the CEO Disease. The key is to remain humble and open to feedback, no matter how successful you become. It's also important to surround yourself with people who will challenge you and hold you accountable. This will help you stay grounded and prevent you from making costly mistakes.

So, if you're a business leader, remember to stay humble and listen to critical feedback. And if you find yourself slipping into the CEO Disease, reach out to a trusted advisor or mentor who can help you get back on track. With the right mindset, you can avoid the pitfalls of the CEO Disease and continue to succeed in your business and personal life.

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