As a leader, I’ve always asked for the opinions of my team members. I learned very early on that God didn’t give me all of the great ideas. That, instead, we’re supposed to all contribute from our wisdom and knowledge.
That’s why I take the opportunity to ask those around me what their thoughts and ideas are.
It’s such a part of me that one day while I was racing, I pulled back into the pits, got out of the car, took my helmet off and said, “Boys, I don’t know how to say it, I know somethings not right and I don’t know what it is.”
At that point one of my mechanics got a big smile on his face and started shaking his head back and forth. I asked him what that was all about and he told me that the mechanics love me because I don’t know it all.
And that in the sport of racing, it’s really hard to find a driver who doesn’t think they know it all. I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Well…I don’t know how to be any other way.”
If I’m the one with all the answers, then what in the world do I need everyone else around me for? Implementation? And surely, why would I hire people who can’t come up with the ideas that I don’t have?
I look at it this way, smart leaders hire people who are better than they are. Scared leaders hire people who are less than. Click here to Tweet that
If I’ve hired people smarter than me, in the position I hired them for, why wouldn’t I do everything I can to pull that intelligence out of them and insert it into my business?
As a leader, discover the resources and talents you have around you. Then, do everything you can to pull them out and utilize them.
Question: How have you utilized the talent around you?