Avoid Being The Smartest In The Room
I’ve encountered a lot of executives who demand on being the smartest person in the room. When they talk, its an ego-driven trip. And mainly because they want to be the one making decisions.
The issue with that is if you are the smartest person in the room, that typically means you aren’t being challenged. Not just philosophically, but also strategically.
Ego kills success.
The problem is that not being the smartest person in the room, when you are supposed to be the leader, is humbling. Some consider it humiliating, but honestly, its only a humiliation if you decide to take it the wrong way.
Each of your staff members should be striving to be the smartest at their position. They should be challenging you with new ideas. And if they’re not, what does that say about you and your organization?