[January 5, 2020] Ever wonder why the first thing winners of an Academy Award do is thank others? There isn’t much time (45 seconds) to say what you have to speak at the red-carpeted Oscars. They are quick to thank those who helped make them a winner because actors and actresses want those same people to help them again.
Achieving something, leaders realize, is best accomplished when a group of people come together to make something work. Authentic leaders take the blame when things go wrong and publicly give credit to others when things go well. Everyone realizes that the star of the show is what makes things go well but the best stars say they would not be where they are without the efforts of people in the production crew, other cast members, and even the studio dog.
Those who do take the credit for the work of others are motivated to make themselves look better at what they do. The reality, however, is very different. A study by Zenger Folkman found that leader effectiveness is directly proportional to whether a leader gives credit or not. “Those leaders whose tendency was to take credit were rated as very ineffective leaders (13th percentile), while those who tried hard to give the credit to others were rated as some of the most effective leaders (85th percentile).”
Many underestimate the positive impact that comes from making an effort to give credit to others. There is tremendous value in giving others all the credit. The perception is that such leaders are fairer, more committed, do what is best, walk the talk, accept responsibility, are trusted, live their core values, and are more productive. There is a definite pattern that is clear; give others credit and you are a better leader.
Leadership is not about taking credit. Everyone who matters will know who the leader who lead the effort to achieve any given task or mission was. The soldier who gets an award for outstanding work understands that an award is given to one person also symbolizes the team effort. Great leaders thank those on their team who helped make it happen.
- Leader Don’ts #5: Ignore their Health: https://www.theleadermaker.com/leader-donts-5-ignore-their-health/
- Leader Don’ts #4: Move your Foxhole: https://www.theleadermaker.com/leader-donts-4-move-your-foxhole/
- Leader Don’ts #3: Accept Defeat: https://www.theleadermaker.com/leader-donts-3-accept-defeat/
- Leader Don’ts #2: be a Liar: https://www.theleadermaker.com/leader-donts-2-be-a-liar/
- Leader Don’ts #1: be a Jerk: https://www.theleadermaker.com/leader-donts-1-be-a-jerk/