Alex: Don't always be the smartest person in the room

Yes, you're a leader. Yes, your team looks to you for advice. Yes, you need to know how to overcome barriers to success. But that doesn't mean you always have to be the smartest person in the room.

As a leader, the tendency is to tell yourself that you need to have all the answers all the time. But that's actually the worst thing you can believe. Why? Because it limits the growth of your team, the overall business and who you will end up recruiting to your team.

It's that familiar villain, your ego, up to its old tricks again. It's telling you that because you're the boss, you need to be the person with all the right answers and the one person taking care of problems. But this actually means you're not listening to ideas – good or bad – from people who may have a different perspective on the matter.

This video explains that for a team to work as a cohesive unit, it's not about who's the smartest person in the room – it's about nurturing a diversity of ideas and experiences in the workplace. The result is a more rounded knowledge base to draw from, and a close-knit community of individuals that are working together for the common good, not for one leader who thinks they are the smartest person in the room.

Recognising that you don't have to be the smartest person in the room is just one piece of the leadership puzzle. For a personal accountability coach that lives in your pocket, check out the High-Performance Leadership app by Trampoline:


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