I’ve always had a COMPETITIVE edge to my personality, which I believe has had a positive effect on my career. If one is seeking a leadership role, and does not consider himself to be competitive, then likely, he will NEVER be in the running as a bonafide Leader. Competition and Leadership go hand and hand, just as hot-dogs and baseball. One’s competitive nature has to be a recognizable trait by both management and the leader’s subordinates, in order for him to be an effective leader.
COMPETITIVE is the gas that keeps everything running in “high-gear.” I first recognized my “competitive nature” in the 5th grade, when running for Class President. I ended up being Vice-President; which only “lit the torch for me,” as being in second place was not a satisfactory result. Competition is GOOD, but it also has its place…and it’s a delicate process by which that is determined.
There is, also, a dangerous element for those who are “highly competitive.” Some people become obsessed with the idea of “winning” at all cost. This condition does not surface until you’ve been in “the race” for a number of years. The competitive addiction shows up, only, after years of WINNING, and you suddenly realize that you’re in the race, simply, to WIN, not because of the results of winning might bring.
This reminds me of a recent show on the Hallmark channel, where two young girls, who grew up competing with each other, throughout their life, and even to the present time in their life…. As teachers in the same school. One teacher hatched the idea of having a “cooking contest,” and the winner would receive a large cash prize. Long story short….she set the other teacher up to make it APPEAR that she “cheated” by using someone else’s cookie recipe, instead of “her own original” recipe, which was one of the requirements. The entire COMPETITIVE-PROCESS costs them, for a short period, their life-long friendship. She was willing to give up her life-long friendship, simply, to win.
Of course…it’s a Hallmark show, so in the end, they got back together. But the story serves to show that, too often, we become so obsessed with WINNING, that we forget why we entered the race. When we cultivate the attitude of humility and cooperation, it’s not necessary to beat the competition. The whole point of playing a game is to do your best and have fun. When you replace the attitude of competition with one of cooperation; then you will not only do your best, but you will help others to do their best, as well.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” If we all do everything we do with all our might, we do not need to figure out some way to win at all cost, whether it is in a business venture or in a game.