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How to Take Credit for Your Accomplishments

Naturally, we all recognize that there is a great deal that goes into anyone’s success. But for us, this quote was an acknowledgement of two things:

The incredible amount of hard work women put in to succeed.

A primary finding of our research: that women who are most successful in emerging and developing economies have confidence and rely heavily on themselves to get ahead.

But, there is a persistent behaviour that hinders women’s success: the habit of not accepting credit for their own accomplishments.

I want to give you some words and tips to use in accepting credit for your results and accomplishments OR for times when you need to sell yourself during an interview or in a conversation with a client.

Regarding results achieved:

Instead of saying:

  • “We have been giving a lot of opportunities.”
  • “I have a great team.”
  • “We’ve been lucky.”

Say this:

  • “Thank you, I have I am proud/pleased with my role (leading or as a member of our team) and the results we’ve achieved.”

Regarding an idea you’ve offered:

Instead of saying:

  • “It was nothing, everyone has good ideas.”


  • “I’m glad my input was helpful and can add value to our work.”

Regarding an opportunity you have been presented with:

Instead of saying:

  • “I hope I can meet your expectations.”


  • “Thank you, I look forward to making a significant contribution.”

My mother always told me that when someone pays you a compliment it is exactly the same as if they had given you a gift. The appropriate response when someone gives you a gift is “Thank you.” So why, when most of us have been taught to be kind and gracious, cannot we not accept compliments or positive feedback on results we produce?

Acknowledging your role in creating results will help your career or business. I urge you to try it! At a minimum it will make those who compliment or ask about your accomplishments feel appreciated.

There is, of course, a time when it’s appropriate to acknowledge your team, and other times when it’s appropriate to take credit. But, too often women don’t take credit and too quickly attribute success to others. In contrast, one of the most frequent pieces of feedback that I give male executives I coach is to use the word “we” more frequently than “I” in communicating about results at work. Men are typically very quick to take credit for and make their accomplishments known.

About the Author:

Rania Habiby Anderson is the founder of The Way Women Work and a regular contributor to the business magazine The Next Women, a syndicated writer for Women 2.0 and have had her articles published in, Huffington Post and the Kansas City Star.  She primarily coach, advise, write for and speak with and to women entrepreneurs and professionals in developing and emerging markets.



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