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“If each of us hires people smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs.” David Ogilvy

Hands touching

Hands touching (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A wise leader recruits to compensate for his/her own weaknesses. They hire people who are smarter and more apt than they are in certain areas. Too often we see leaders who seem threatened by the ‘smarts and accomplishments’ of others rather than being enthused with the potential outcomes of a talented and diverse team. They tell employees what to do, how to do it and when to do it.

The leader’s role is:

To articulate a clear vision;

To inspire and ignite passions;

To care for and coach each team member.

It is far better to recruit the best people who have what it takes and give them the responsibility, accountability and authority they need to get the job done in their area of expertise. Tell your people what needs to be done; don’t tell them how to do it. You’ll be amazed at what they can accomplish.

What qualities do you look for in a leader? What has been your best/worst work experience?