In my Dare to Be Great leadership workshops I challenge the participants to “Be Your Best, Not The Best”. I explain that in any group or team if you are striving to be The Best you see co-workers and teammates as competition for the title of 'The Best'. As a result you will tend to withhold information and resources from them and not give them credit for work they have done or ideas that came from them.
If however, you are striving to be Your Best, to continually be the best version of yourself, you will see your co-workers and teammates as collaborators on your group journey to achieving excellence and you will share information, resources and praise with them so you can all achieve your mission.
In that part of the course I share the following quote from Ernest Hemmingway:
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self."
Striving to be The Best requires continually trying to out perform others, gain more accolades and awards than others, make more money than others, have more stuff than others and gain more favor from your boss, your co-workers and your customers. If you cannot do more or achieve more then you will put others down and seek to diminish their accomplishments. People who are trying to be superior to their fellow man create a great deal of tension and discord in companies and communities.
Striving to be Your Best requires a commitment to always be a little better tomorrow than you are today. This means that every day you need to do something in the area of personal growth and development to expand your knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities. This is a continual journey of personal and professional growth. Part of this journey is investing in others and mentoring others who are on their own journey to being Their Best.
What’s Important Now? Strive to continually be your best, the best version of yourself that you can be.
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