Although good leaders are smart, they recognise that it’s just not possible to excel in every area of a business. Rather, they need to always hire smart people in every area to ensure the best team, and then successfully co-ordinate this great team.

  • Great leaders hire people who are smarter than them to ensure the best team for the business.
  • Poor leaders want to be sure they’re the smartest in the room and hire less able people.
  • Great leaders want their people to challenge them, to ask questions and suggest better ways of doing things.
  • Poor leaders think they know better simply because they have the leadership role, and they hate to be questioned.
  • Great leaders give their team the space to do their jobs and make mistakes.
  • Poor leaders try to micromanage everything for fear of anyone making a mistake.
  • Great leaders express appreciation and ensure their team gets recognition for their successes.
  • Poor leaders take all the credit for themselves.
  • Great leaders ensure their team members can progress and advance their careers.
  • Poor leaders hold them back in their roles for fear they might take the leader’s job.
  • Great leaders clearly communicate the direction, being prepared to change if circumstances require it.
  • Poor leaders seldom communicate for fear of being wrong.
  • Great leaders lead from the front and don’t ask their team to do things they wouldn’t be prepared to do themselves.
  • Poor leaders push from the rear, telling people what to do while trying not to get involved themselves.
  • Great leaders listen to all the input from their team and make a decision quickly.
  • Poor leaders get paralysed by trying to analyse every piece of information and don’t make a decision is case it’s wrong.

The bottom line is that leadership needs to be inclusive – the leader is the captain of the ship and should ensure they have a team of the best people for all disciplines. It’s about describing the destination and then co-ordinating the team to ensure it reaches the destination in the best way, adjusting course as necessary for changing conditions.

Does your business have a policy of ensuring it always hires the smartest people?

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Some of my other short posts related to leadership that you might wish to read:

You might find this Forbes article on leadership interesting, too.


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