“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
– John Wooden, Coach, UCLA
Although sometimes difficult, not letting criticism get to me makes sense. Letting that take root can do a lot of damage. Specifically, it can rob me of confidence and dignity. But what about praise? Why would that be dangerous? Don’t we all like and sometimes seek it? I admit that I do.
Getting praise isn’t a bad thing in itself, but, getting caught up in praise can effect some important leadership characteristics like humility, focus, teachability, and others. It can also foster distrust among your team if they believe you are a glory seeker. They will feel you are in it for yourself and then they won’t want to follow you at all. You will have a tough time getting good performance from a team that doesn’t trust that you are there for them. So, be careful, accept praise with humility and deflect it to your team. After all, without them, you wouldn’t be getting the praise in the first place.
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Everyday Leader: Priceless leadership principles that connect to everyday life for the everyday leader https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400326680/ref=cm_sw_r_other_taa_MpgCDbG9JW4GF