True legitimacy comes from others regarding what we created. Best recognition we can get to is recognition we'll give to ourself.
In our modern narcissistic society a big misunderstanding at work can lead to harsh motivaional issues. The misunderstanding is about legitimacy and recognition. About legitimacy, getting to a manager position or director, can give us the impression that we are almighty because we give ourself legitimacy to command through our position. That's a big mistake : true legitimacy will be given by the people we are working with regarding our results, commitment and hability to build strong relationships.
About recognition, employees' expectations are getting bigger and bigger. Recognition is given but is not sustanaible as it'll have to be provided day after day, all over again. The best and most sustainable recognition we can get to is recognition we'll be able to provide to ourself regarding our past achievements.
It's not self-righteousness : it's just taking time to have a look back at what we made so to endure hard-times more easily.
Legitimacy is given by others and is headed to the future.
Best rescognition has to be given by ourselves and is headed to the past.