Many people in leadership positions believe that to be an effective leader, they must be the smartest person at their company, and if they are not, it will somehow send a signal to their staff that the leader is somehow inept.
But no one is an expert in everything; the strongest businesses are built on the smartest people – not on one person. According to Brian Scudamore, I've learned that strong leaders don't fight to have the first and last word. They listen to their teams, ask the right questions, and give everyone the chance to contribute. Instead of trying to do it all, find people who can do it better. With the right people in place, you can take a step back to focus on your strengths – like leading your team and planning your company's future.
Great leaders aren't know-it-alls who constantly try to outshine everyone. They admit when they're wrong and genuinely want to learn from others. At the end of the day, it's not about being the smartest person in the room. It's about building a team with the smartest people you can find.