Many people in leadership positions believe that to be an effective leader, they must be the smartest person in their company, and if they are not, it will signal to their staff that the leader is somehow inept. Many believe a leader should have a complete set of skills, characteristics, and abilities to handle any problem, challenge, or opportunity that comes along. But nothing can be further from the truth.
No one is an expert in everything, and according to Christine Cain, “To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority.” Great teamwork is crucial to any business success, and you become an inspirational leader when you have the humility to build a team with people smarter than you.
No one person could possibly stay on top of everything. But this myth that leaders are somehow superhuman makes many leaders try to do just that, exhausting themselves and damaging their organizations in the process.