Today I ran across a blog post from a former professor in grad school titled “a reminder for managers and leaders” and contained just the following picture.
As soon as I saw this I knew I had to write my own post. I’ve been both a leader and a follower on many teams and have always been surprised when the manager takes credit for the teams success. The team spent months of there life solving the problem, designing the solution, and doing all the grunt work to actually make it happen and the manager ends up taking the credit? In these scenarios, I guarantee the team will not execute nearly as well the next go around. As a manager, it is a fundamental mistake to take credit for the collective actions of your team.
I’ve seen it happen over and over. This sense of entitlement is particularly high in the start up world, where over-inflated egos can be found on ever corner. Now, I’m not naive enough to believe the manager deserves none of the credit (the good ones deserve a lot). My point is that a great leader/manager will always put the team first and themselves second.
What can a great leader/manager always take full credit for? Failure. Thats it.