by Scott Eblin
Over my 10 years as an executive coach, many of my clients have felt like they’re between a rock and a hard place because they have someone on their team who produces great results but alienates almost everyone around them.
You know the type. It’s what we’ve come to call the prima donna. The term comes from Italian opera where the prima donna is the “first lady,” usually with a reputation for arrogance, ego and irritability. These days, the term has become gender neutral. Men can be prima donnas, too. (American Idol’s Simon Cowell comes to mind.)
The prima donna is talented in his domain and selectively builds relationships with a few key people who can help him accomplish what he’s trying to do. Meanwhile, he treats his teammates poorly and starts making demands that have the whiff of extortion. (“If I don’t get the promotion, the raise, the big account, the glamorous assignment or whatever, I’ll take my ...(register to read more)