Here’s how it works. People recognize and reward who they are not who you are.

If you work for high performing leaders of integrity, you will be celebrated for consistently producing strong positive results and your admirable character. They will feel fortunate to have you on their team and they will find ways to express their appreciation to you. You match their culture and team.

If you are the same star but working for dysfunctional leaders who lack integrity, you are not an asset but a threat. At a minimum, you will not be recognized. At a maximum, you will be a target. You do not fit their culture and team.

Who you are is for whom you should work. When you share the same values as your leadership, you will be valued. When you do not, you will not be. This rule never changes.


From the Teacher: Leadership Lessons with Dr. Saviak is a weekly column with the esteemed Joseph C. Saviak, Ph.D., J.D., M.A., M.S., Management Consulting & Leadership Training

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