The Single Most Important Executive Skill

Recently, I was at an event where Jim Collins (author of Good to Great) was speaking.

He made the point that by far the most important executive skill is the ability to spot, attract and retain people that are smarter and more talented than you are.

Some of us don’t do this because we assume that we should be the smartest person in the room so that we can be the ‘leader’.  Some believe that hiring smarter people will threaten their job security.

Aim to be the dumbest person on your team.  Cultivate the reputation of being an amazing team assembler.  People with this skill are in constant demand and will never be without work.

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