You might here people saying that as leaders we need to be humble, or even worse modest, but to me that’s just rubbish.
Whenever i hear that garbage I always remember what Churchill said about Clement Attlee ‘”Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.”
When I see someone who is being modest I know that that person never really achieved anything worthwhile or memorable, i mean lets face it, it’s human nature to want to show what we have achieved.
So if you look modest or humble then guys like me are just going to show what we can do and we all just step right over you on the way to the top.
People like winners, they want to follow winners. When was the last time a team that won a Superbowl or World Cup kept quiet about it? That’s right the 1st of Never.
If you do a good job shout about it from the roof tops, let everyone know, otherwise they will just assume your another schmuck.
It’s a dog eat do world and we need to stand out from the crowd and you don’t do that by keeping quiet.
I’m a big fan of blowing my own trumpet, but i’m an even bigger fan of getting others to blow my trumpet for me.
Thats when you can really be modest, when other are singing your praises, then you can act all kinda coy, but in reality the message is out your a winner!
Over the past 3 years I have been nominated and selected in the top 3 CEOs in USA, in the Journal of CEOs, and I even have the plaques on my office wall.
I get commented on my success and people wish that i will get to win it some day.
What they don’t know is that I actually set up and own that journal, I created as a kind of self publicity magazine . That’s why I never win it, much better to be 2nd or 3rd looks less suspicious that way 🙂
I often get articles written about the successes I have had, sometimes my picture on the front cover, at least once a year, and I include lots of articles from other great leaders, but usually doing stuff a little bit less spectacular than I am.
Let’s face it if they want that kinda coverage they can create their own magazines 🙂
As I said, I’m a big fan of getting others to blow your trumpet, because when you get that then you can fake the modesty you like 🙂
Disclaimer: How to Be Bad Boss, is meant to be humorous and shouldn’t be taken seriously.