A little less of the credit


A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. – Arnold H. Glasgow

There are many lessons I’ve learned these past few years, but just as many things that haven’t been active lessons, rather observations.

When we closed our A round, our new partners sat down with me and, while establishing our board meetings as a safe space to relay our real feelings and concerns, noted that there are no shortage of unrewarded challenges and unfair moments as CEO.

I’ve always been someone who seeks recognition for my work. I never want to accept credit for what anyone else does, and react vehemently when a manager takes or is given credit for the actions of their direct reports.

As I’ve now handed over the vast majority of responsibilities to the company, everything I “do” involves or is delegated to someone else. So when it comes to credit, I’ve had to get by with receiving next to no recognition. And I’ve learned – that’s just fine.

Somewhat related, check out Dave Barrett’s blog post “We…”

And for “a little more than his share of the blame” – see my last post.

Coder & Founder. Co-Founder & CEO of Contactually. Organizer of DC Tech Meetup & ProudlyMadeInDC. Always in search of the best breakfast burrito.

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