Don’t be a Glory Hog


One of the most disappointing experiences I’ve ever had had to do with a leader I had many years ago.  Throughout the year he was rarely present.  Through his personal illness and extended vacations it was extremely rare for him to be at work.  When he was at work he caused more problems than he solved.  It almost felt as if he received some kind of twisted satisfaction in knocking people down a notch or two. It was as if he loved to slow down progress.

Despite this manager’s best effort to keep us from it our team succeeded.  We surpassed all of our goals and set a few records.  When our annual end of the year recognition celebration commenced he was in an extremely good mood although ignoring the presence of the people by his side that go us there.  He was called to the stage in front of hundreds of people and thanked everyone and explained everything he did to reach this summit.  All the people on the team were looking at each other in disbelief.  It felt like we were slapped in the face with a wet towel. Although we weren’t surprised by his actions (because that was the type of person he was) we were surprised to see that others were eating up every word as if it were the truth.


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16 thoughts on “Don’t be a Glory Hog

  1. Love your point that if you’re in it for the recognition, you’re in the wrong line of work! that applies all over the place. I work hard not to say “I”, but I do a lot of “you” and “we” to help instill a sense of “team”, since we all work remotely, and can go years or more between the times some of us see each other, it is important for me to make sure everyone celebrates in the company success! Great post!

  2. A very important topic in regards to leadership – thank you for writing it!

  3. Rajiv says:

    Fantastic post.. One we should all remember. This is one of the pitfalls of leadership. This is the second kind of leader that Sun Tzu describes

  4. erickoelma says:

    Reblogged this on Eric Koelma.

  5. amygelene says:

    Way to make a point of frustration in your past experience a teaching point to the next generation of leaders! You can spot a leader who defines the win by his team rather than himself. The best indicator…. a loyal follower!

  6. joegergen says:

    Recognition can be such a powerful tool if used correctly. Anyone interested in the science behind recognition and other behaviors should watch this presentation. It’s a little long but very worth it.

  7. I have definitely come across that type of manager. Good points on recognition you make.

  8. richwilde says:

    Great blog… keep up the great work

  9. John says:

    Shine from the inside!! I like it!. We have similar outlooks on life.

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