Don’t be the smartest person in the room

Pity the smartest person in the room:

• They have to speak first and last.
• They have to correct what other people say.
• They have to choose sides, agreeing or disagreeing. (They can’t discover.)
• They have to find flaws in others’ work.
• They have to do most of the work, because others have learned it’s pointless to give the effort.
• They must never be caught not knowing something.

Each time I think I am – or need to be – the most intelligent, I discover two things: It requires massive effort and results suffer.

Perhaps the smartest person in the room is the one who has learned they’re not. If this is you, thank you for your leadership.

If you're the smartest person in the room

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craig Ross

Craig Ross is an executive facilitator, coach, author, and CEO of Verus Global. For over a decade, Craig has partnered with C-Suite executives, leaders and teams elevating performance within global organizations. His understanding of current business trends and needs, along with access to thousands of leaders in numerous industries, allows Craig to deliver innovative leadership strategies to Verus Global’s expanding client base. He works with inspired leaders serious about putting values into action. Learn more at www.verusglobal.com

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