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Leaders: Are You Listening to Good Advice?

A recent study to be published in the journal:   “Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes,” indicates that the more powerful the executive, the less likely he or she is to take advice from co-workers.  You may know it as the “executive bubble” where leaders get so insulated they cut themselves off from outside advice.  The study pinpoints the reason to the fact that the more powerful an individual, the more inflated their sense of importance.  In other words, the less they “think” they need other’s advice.  The most interesting aspect of the report found that powerful decision makers who discounted the advice of others were less accurate in their final judgments than if they had taken other’s advice.

So the truth is when you shut off input from others, it doesn’t mean you’re important; it just means you’re getting smaller and smaller….

Have you had situations where leaders refused advice and suffered the consequences?

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Phil Cooke is the founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles (CookeMediaGroup.com) where his team helps church, ministry, and nonprofit organizations engage the culture more effectively through media. He's a filmmaker, media consultant, and author of "Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media."