Imagine that you and your team are working on a difficult project with a tight deadline. You brought together a varied crew to kick around solutions. You recruited junior and senior people from your group. You even invited some outside people from other departments so you could get their perspectives.
Some of the ideas are intriguing. Some are off the wall. Some are uninspired. But a junior person we’ll call Bronwen came up with a terrific solution.
You’re the leader who will be presenting the recommendation to top management. Do you take credit? Or do you say, “This idea actually came from a junior team member—Bronwen”?
You could take full credit for yourself, as some leaders do. ...