Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour
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JOURNAL ARTICLE | Harvard Business Review | 95 | May 2017
The Talent Curse
High potentials being groomed as future leaders would appear to have it made—but their seemingly good fortune can turn out to be a curse. As they strive to conform to company ideals for leadership, they often bury the qualities that made them special. They become reluctant to take risks, lest they prove themselves unworthy.This “talent curse” can hinder personal growth, performance, and engagement—and even push people out the door. If you are on a high-potential track, watch for three signs of trouble: • A shift from using your talent to constantly trying to prove it • A preoccupation with your image, which feels increasingly inauthentic • The feeling that your present work is empty and only future opportunities will be meaningful Then take these steps to break the talent curse: • Own your talent; don’t let it own you. Balance others’ expectations with your needs and learn to accept help. • Bring your whole self to work. Channel the darker sources of your talent. • Value the present.View your current work as a worthy destination, not merely a stepping-stone. The talent curse may be painful, but grappling with it is an important part of learning how to lead.