All of us want recognition on some level. I’m not talking about fame, but simply receiving recognition for our achievements.
It is a strong motivator often times even stronger than financial compensation. Recognition is a healthy part of any organization as it drives productivity.
Like most things in life, the need for recognition is a double edge sword. While it can drive productivity, it can also kill it.
Ronald Reagan said it best. “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
Often times our desire to be recognized holds us back. More importantly it can hinder the growth of the business, organization or even ministry. Dealing with people’s egos is tricky. I think that is what Ronald Reagan was talking about.
It is important to ask ourselves what is most important. Would we rather be recognized at all cost or would we rather progress be made? Ronald Reagan certainly received his share of the credit, but he also understood the importance of not letting that get in the way of progress.
We could all benefit from giving more credit away. Not only would it make the organization healthier, but it might even make us healthier in the process.