Leadership

Receiving and Giving Credit

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Harry Truman

Most people who crave credit do so out of fear or insecurity. When we operate from an attitude of scarcity, rather than an attitude of abundance, credit becomes our currency.

In fact, it becomes a diminishing currency because we must work exponentially harder for it to maintain its value.

Whereas, when we intentionally dole out credit – flipping the equation – we actually become more well off since we are viewed more favorably by others (since we are handing out credit), our own attitude becomes others-focused, and we have the benefit of seeing others receive hard-earned attention.

When we have a part to play in the success of others, we are paid dividends.

Let us not manipulate this. To be clear, our intention must be the success of those we are helping. Ulterior motives undercut the entire process.