Steve Jobs once said, ‘It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do , We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.’
Great leaders aren’t know-it-alls who continuously try to outshine everyone. Instead, they admit when they’re wrong and genuinely want to learn from others. It’s not about being the smartest person in the room. It’s about building a team with the most intelligent people you can find.
You become an inspirational leader when you have the humility to build a team with people smarter than you. No one person could stay on top of everything. But the myth of the complete leader (and the attendant fear of appearing incompetent) makes many executives try to do just that, exhausting themselves and damaging their organizations in the process.