The Black Hole of Ego in Leadership

“Did they consider my blood, sweat and tears when they swooped in and took the credit for my work?” These were the sentiments of a client I met with the other day who was disappointed and saddened when she didn’t get the credit she well deserved for the project she had been working on for years. She quickly pushed down those feeling and said, “Well, it’s ok, what I do is for the students.”But why should it be ok? All employees deserve to be seen and heard and celebrated for the work they do. In higher education, we need to do better. We do not have to steal someone’s else’s moment to shine. If one of our team members worked hard for us and did what was expected, and in many cases, went above and beyond, then it’s our job to put the spotlight on them for the work they did. When we do that, they feel appreciated and valued, and their work is validated. When leaders take the credit for employees’ work, they continue to diminish their credibility. I’ll let you in on a little secret: Everyone on campus knows who is really responsible for the work completed, and when someone else takes the credit, everyone talks about how messed up it is. Is it worth damaging your credibility all for your own ego?The truth is, you are the leader, and if you do your job right, you will be thought of as someone with explementary leadership abilities, one that supports their employees, and one that wants their employees to shine and facilitates opportunities for them to do so.

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