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Some of us were born to be leaders, others were born to be followers. Some of us are successful in what we do and others are not as successful. There are many people who work their way up to the top position in their company, do things correctly, are nice, and their position is earned and they become well respected.
There are others, however, who have backstabbed their way to the top, lied, and will do anything to look better in order to gain a position, no matter who they hurt in the process or who they have to throw under the bus. They often lack any emotion, have no idea how a team works, and are often the rudest people you could ever work with. They get to the top and they are usually feared and hated. Instead of working as a team, they will take credit for the work done by the group. When someone offers a suggestion, they may use it as their own and take complete credit for any and all work. They have no idea what actual leadership means and you wonder how your company could be so blind in believing this person could actually hold a position of power. You accept the fact that your company may have passed on you for the position and hired them, because they may have said something about you, or took credit for your hard work. You question the judgement of your own company based on the fact that they put someone so incompetent in the position.
Eventually, karma catches up, and the truth will always come out. While the definition of success is different for many people, success is not getting to the top alone, but earning and being well-respected by your company and your co-workers.
This infographic shows some of the differences between successful people and unsuccessful people.
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The Success Indicator
by MaryEllen Tribby
- Have a sense of gratitude
- Forgive others
- Give other people credit for their victories
- Read everyday
- Talk about ideas
- Share information and data
- Exude joy
- Embrace change
- Keep a “to-do/project” list
- Accept responsibility for their failures
- Keep a journal
- Want others to succeed
- Keep a “to-be” list
- Set goals and develop life plans
- Continuously learn
- Operate from a transformational perspective
- Have a sense of entitlement
- Hold a grudge
- Take all the credit of all their victories
- Fear change
- Fly by their seat of their pants
- Talk about people
- Horde information and data
- Exude anger
- Blame others for their failures
- Say they keep a journal but really don’t
- Think they know it all
- Operate from a transactional perspective
- Secretly hope others fail
- Don’t know what they want to be
- Never set goals
Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.