There’s a very fine line between celebrating and boasting. I can’t remember where I first saw the discussion, but the topic centered around one of the loudest mouths in history, the unmatched, unforgettable Mohammad Ali.

I’ve written about him on my blog and there are many, many positive lessons we can draw from his example (confidence, strength, courage, self-worth just to name a few). But one aspect of Mohammad Ali which I would doubt anyone could contradict was his celebrating. In fact, I would venture so far as to suggest his celebrating was actually something a bit more than simple excitement over success. He was boastful. He bragged on himself. This brings me to my 4 minute thought for today. Great leaders celebrate. Great leaders don’t boast. What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked (or at least thought the question…)

  1. Great leaders share successes and celebrate for the right reasons. WHY am I sharing this information. Is it simply to make myself look good? (That’s boasting)
  2. Great leaders consider how they share success, is there a better way to share (Filter).
  3. Great leaders recognize celebrating success should be focused on the right object. (What’s the object and why do others care – does it benefit them in some way?)