I have a friend who says this. He doesn’t have have the greatest command of our language but I completely get what he is trying to say. I no like.
The saying goes surround yourself with the best and the brightest. There is a reason for this. If you want to have a great organization, you have to surrender things. Give it up. You have to admit that you are not the greatest at everything.
If you have done well you are obviously talented. You are probably exceptionally good at some things. But you are not good at everything. You have to leave room for others. Admit the fact that you can’t be best at everything.
Surround yourself with the best and brightest.
The rub comes here. You may not even like them. They are likely different than you. They may even intimidate you. They may make you uncomfortable.
It’s OK. You don’t have to like them.
Leaders will often surround themselves with people that they like. People that are like them. It’s natural. People that make then feel good. What is the result?
One-sided decision. One-sided management. One-sided solutions. And a leader that is sitting there scratching their head. What went wrong? Why are we struggling?
The fact is that diversity is power. You can’t win without it. You need people that are not like you. You need to challenge yourself to understand them. We are wildly different- and it’s for a very good reason.
If you want to feel good, then surround yourself with people like you. People that agree with you. People that are wired like you. People that make you comfortable. People that you naturally understand. But realize this.
It’s really all about you– right? What makes you feel good. What make sense to you. What you are comfortable with.
Don’t do it! Stretch yourself. Listen and learn. Uncomfortable is the way you learn. We should never stop learning. Never stop. Never.