Success has Many Owners, but Defeat is an Orphan

By | May 28, 2015

Success has many owners, but defeat is frequently an orphan. Thomas Edison took credit for hundreds of patents, and his research staff rarely were credited with their contributions.

The good boss knows that success stories are rarely a one-person job. Stepping up to take the credit for a department’s accomplishment is not the best choice for a leader who wants to have continued success.

Recognizing all contributors to the success story of a particular accomplishment is a habit of the good boss. Why? Not only does the good boss want to ensure those who performed well get the credit they deserve, but by allowing everyone who contributed to the success enjoy the rewards, the good boss maintains the desire to succeed within the team.

The good boss never has an employee of the week, month, or year, because there are always more employees deserving of that recognition than ultimately get the prize in this situation. Great sports teams recognize that the attitude of winning as a team and losing as a team keeps the entire team making efforts to reach success and share the blame.

The good boss is focused on more than taking credit for the victory; they are focused on leading a series of victories.

How do you recognize your team for the success they create for you?

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