Surrounded By Great People

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – Anonymous

In the over 10,000 executives we have assessed, we have seen a wide range of assessment results for leaders.  It is shocking how poorly many leaders score.  When we ask those leaders about their results, they are not surprised. They confidently confirm our findings demonstrating humbleness and self-awareness.  However, without exception, those successful leaders have intentionally surrounded themselves with people with better skills than they have.

Although it seems obvious leaders would select direct reports who are smarter than they are, it takes a great deal of humility and self-confidence for a leader to do so.  These leaders enjoy scoring without the ball, perfectly willing to let their competent team run up the score, knowing at the end of the day they will be successful.

Empowered leaders hire better people than themselves and are more successful.

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