Why should a leader not compare & contrast?


“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.” 
― Shannon L. Alder

And yet, it is so difficult to be unique, or to flaunt it. Research shows that human beings do compare themselves with others, and form an assessment of their capabilities based on that.

The Fab Five

Broadly, there are five scales of comparison, which appear to determine the self-esteem of a person:

  1. Power
  2. Aggression
  3. Social Attractiveness
  4. Talent
  5. Wealth

Self Esteem

  • People with a high self-esteem are pleased to see their placement vis-à-vis others on a comparative scale, but lose interest in this comparison after sometime. They do not feel a need to do that.
  • Comparison and contrast make a person with low self-esteem unhappy, and they try to hide from public view, lest the weaknesses are exposed. However, they are driven by a need to improve, and flaunt their achievements, as they move up the scale. They compare and contrast at every stage of their upward journey, as it lends a feel-good factor.

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2 thoughts on “Why should a leader not compare & contrast?

  1. This is a great topic for discussion Reena… people do measure themselves either continuously or in continuously with others. It is almost as though we are designed to benchmark for success , which in itself is a good motivator once done as an assessment catalyst for drive stimulation! Love it, great food for thought😉

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