Along the lines of my blog post about the dangers of “smartest one in the room” syndrome, here’s a wonderful reminder of the changing organizational environment where education and the internet have leveled the playing field for all those in organizations, not just those at the top. No statement rings more true than “The best companies are evolving to gain the benefit of a workforce with higher expectations for their jobs.” Take the time today to read this quick, but important message…..
It’s funny how it’s usually the meetings where you’re completely lost and haven’t a clue what’s being talked about, that you’re most reticent to ask a question. A stupid question will just expose your ignorance. Better to stay quiet and be thought a fool, than speak and remove all doubt.
And the more senior you are, the harder it is to reveal a lack of understanding or expertise in front of colleagues. Part of this is because our cultural image of great leaders is about being in control, all knowing. We’re programmed to think that asking for advice or asking for help, is an admission of weakness, instead of strength.
In the real world though, the greatest leaders are those who show humility and often vulnerability too. You can’t inspire people if you don’t connect with them. And it’s hard to connect with superhumans. They’re just too different from the…
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