Have you ever had your boss steal your work and claim it as their own? I have and I can tell you it was one of the most disengaging experiences of my career.

The phrase “give credit where credit is due” is attributed to Samuel Adams in a letter he wrote in the late 18th century. But his sentiment is as strong today as it was then. It’s one of the most important aspects of living in an uplifting society, and one of the first things we like to reinforce in our  respect and sensitivity training courses.

Every respectful leader knows how integral it is to give staff credit when good work is completed. Not only does it enhance the collaborative effort of the team but it strengthens the leader. A leader willing to demonstrate ethical behavior will likely be in higher favor than say, the leader, who steals your idea and takes the credit.

Which leader would you rather be?