– Yes — someone has publicly taken credit for my work: 85%
– No — I’ve never had to deal with a credit thief: 15%
Confronting a Credit Thief. There are few things more frustrating than someone stealing credit for your work. Confronting that situation is dicey and uncomfortable. But you should absolutely say something. Start by assuming positive intent and a misunderstanding. If that doesn’t resolve things to your satisfaction, consider escalation approaches that are appropriate to the situation. Hopefully you can resolve the issue this time and prevent it from happening again in the future.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 200,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.