One of the biggest mistakes made today in business is that leaders and followers are all to anxious to copy and not complement. The best compliment (yes, this is spelled with an “i” and defined as praise or tribute to) we can offer to our company is perform in a manner that serves to complement (spelled this time with an “e” and defined as match, balance, pair).
If we think we are complimenting the interviewer, boss or the board by copying mannerisms, ideas, actions, we are doing the business and leadership a serious disservice. The sad part is the interviewer, boss or board may believe that being copied is a tribute. It usually is, to one’s ego.
So, what happens when the person in authority chooses to use their authority to wield power and hire those best at copying them, their ideologies and behaviors?
Here’s how copying “compliments” the organization:
What if the person in authority, appreciates their power and wants individuals show up as a complement to organization; to serve in roles that best fits their skills and talents and best serves the mission and objectives of the organization?
Here’s how complementing can “compliment” the organization…
There are many drawbacks to copying others. People hide their talent and their potential to be hired or to fit in, believing that it is better to mimic someone else, rather than be true to their own talents. This certainly not a compliment to anyone and certainly not to the organization.
For organizations and individuals to be successful, it is imperative that we use our competencies and abilities to complement the organization. To bring value upon hire and to continually add value which leads to sustainable growth and true partnering and engagement.
The benefits of using our role to complement the situation greatest compliment we can pay to our organizations. Complement, don’t copy!