By Jim Sniechowski, PhD, Removing Personal Holdbacks – Releasing Powerful Leadership
Have you ever thought about or tried to create your own reputation? That doesn’t make sense, does it? Reputation isn’t created. It’s attributed to you by the people who know and associate with you. That’s the whole point of a reputation: it’s based externally and arises from people who recognize something—a quality or a skill or a particular point of view—about you that they identify as you.
Your reputation is based on you but it is a component of your identity as defined by others.
Your reputation is problematic because it’s outside of your control. We all know about actors, politicians, athletes whose reputations are at a peak and in a flash the public abandons them for someone else. Granted, something occurs that motivates the public to turn their back, but a reputation is inherently dependent on the public and the public is fickle. In order to maintain your reputation over time you have to keep delivering whatever it is that those who are defining your reputation attribute to you…….