The need to compete is a simple fact of life. Everyone can’t have everything they want any time they want it. Whenever there’s a scarcity of something desirable, be it food or a job or a romantic partner, people will compete with each other.
And there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition where people succeed in gaining the prize by virtue of their superior knowledge, drive, skills, and creative ability.
The need to compete on merit keeps us sharp, always figuring out new ways to gain an edge.
Where competition becomes destructive is when power, position, and influence enter the equation rather than merit.
I recently became involved in a situation in a company where a senior person intruded on the territory of a couple of colleagues … because she could.
What do you think that does to morale and ongoing collaborative efforts?