Be Smart Enough to Know What You Don’t Know
By Keaton Turner
As leaders, managers, and supervisors, we must reach a certain level of humility and self-awareness to realize how little we actually know about all the responsibilities within our management roles. There are certain things within your organization that only you can do better than anyone else, so you should focus on those aspects. Be honest with yourself and figure out what you aren’t doing well, so that you can find someone better suited to accomplish those tasks.
The best leaders aren’t the smartest people in the world ― they just know how to surround themselves with the right people. Find the people that are going to beat you to the office in the morning, or be the last to leave the job site at the end of the day. Regardless of their talent, knowledge, or experience, they start to bring the best out of others through their attitude alone. Bosses have to get out of the way and stop pretending like they have every single answer to every single problem. Encourage your employees to share their input. You might be surprised at the ideas that can come from wide-eyed 19-year-olds!