When you don’t care who gets the credit, there is no limit to how high you climb.
This is one of my favorite fortunes, so crumpled because I carried it around a long time. “When you don’t care who gets the credit, there’s no limit to how high you can climb.” Sounds like great advice, doesn’t it? Would you believe advice this good can be found in a Fortune Cookie?
Well, it’s actually a twist on something Harry Truman once said. Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” And he’s right, as is the fortune in your cookie. It’s great advice that we all need to follow.
What does it mean? It’s simple, really. When you do the work for the work’s sake, when you do your best just to do your best, you get more satisfaction and people notice.
Leave your ego at the door and good things will follow.
Old school leaders are those with a ‘take charge’ attitude; those who give orders and expect others to follow. Those leaders take pleasure in getting credit for their work (and often they even take credit for the work of their teams). These leaders don’t relish criticism, and prefer their own self-judgement.
And while it is important to have a healthy ego to be a leader, today’s leader needs to have a better idea of how to limit his or her ego and emotional intelligence. They need to handle criticism and they know that the success of their organization doesn’t rest on their shoulders alone, but on the shoulders of their entire team.
These leaders want to work together, with their teams, and they always share credit or pass on credit for a job well done.
Are you part of the old guard, or the new? Become one of the new guard. Stop focusing on who gets the credit, focus on the greater good of the team and organization and see how high you can climb.
And… Yes we realize Leadership skills and abilities don’t come from Fortune Cookies; sometimes they spark a thought! Leslie Mizerak is an experienced Executive Coach & Leadership Facilitator. Leslie began her career 20+ years ago teaching Fortune 1000 managers how to become leaders in their organizations. Leslie works in-person and virtually with clients from across the globe Contact Leslie to discuss Leadership Development & Executive Coaching for your organization.