4 Ways Self-Bias is Derailing Your Career

External Article | Accountability Insights

by | Dec 29, 2016

Self-bias. It's that voice inside your head that is telling you that you're above average...always. While this could be true, this mentality is likely hurting your career and keeping you from greater success. Here's why.

Take this short test.

On a scale of 1-10 (1 = I’m the worst; 5 = I’m average; and 10 = I’m the best) rate yourself on the following skills:

  • Pure Intelligence
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Athleticism
  • Musical Talent
  • Introspection
  • Kindness
  • Wisdom
  • Hard Working

My guess is most of your scores are above a 5. How do I know? Because when it comes to taking this quiz, you’re average. Most people rate themselves “above average” on a list like this. It’s called “self-bias” and it’s a survival instinct wired into our brains…and it’s likely hurting your career.

Self-Bias Both Helps and Hurts Us

By definition, most of us can’t be “above average”. A true average has as many people above 5 as below and most grouped between 4-6. But the majority of us don’t see ourselves that way, despite facts to the contrary.

This cognitive bias is quite a hopeful and optimistic mindset. It helps us overcome obstacles and be happier. After all, ignorance can be bliss.

However, when it comes to our professional lives, self-bias can have long-term negative impacts. Here are some warning signs and how to avoid them.

> Read the full article here (links to Inc. Magazine  – “4 Ways Self-Bias is Derailing Your Career”)

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> Read the full article here (links to Inc. Magazine  – “4 Ways Self-Bias is Derailing Your Career”)