How to be the Dumbest Person in the Room

Apr 26

Reading the title may not seem the most desirable role for a person, in which I could understand.  However, if you are leader of an organization with several subordinates under you, this in fact is the role you want to be in.  Technology, patents, product and buildings are not the biggest asset in the company, it’s the people.

During my days as a manager at Wal-Mart I learned a lot from my market manager Bob, who exemplified great leadership skills.  The best advice he ever gave me was that to surround yourself with individuals that are smarter than you.  It seems obvious, but not many leaders follow this practice.   Many feel inferior if those that surround him/her are smarter then them, so to stroke their ego they only find “Yes men” with talent that is a level below the leader.

If you were to survey the greatest leaders in the world, they all would agree that is the people not them, that make the company successful.

The bible says in Deuteronomy 1:13 (NIV) “Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”  This was conveyed after Moses confessed to God that since the amount of Israelites that followed him increased significantly, he couldn’t lead them alone.  So, God told him to find wise and respected men to be commanders over thousands, hundreds, fifties and even tens and as tribe officials (v 15).  This help lessen the burden for Moses and help them to continually move forward.

Here is a video from Standord’s Entrepreneurship Corner: Hopefully this will bring home the message.

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