Don’t Be the Smartest Person in the Room


You’ve heard it a million times: you shouldn’t be the smartest person in the room and that’s a good thing. This is particularly true when you are starting a company and need brilliant and passionate people for your core team. These people should be able to challenge and push growth for the company in ways that you won’t expect. If they always did what you were expecting, why would you pay them, or even more important, why would you give them equity?

So great, you’ve hired that team of highly experienced experts and people with post-graduate degrees from the best schools. Now how do you manage these geniuses?

It’s a challenging position. You’ve hired them because they are the best at what they do. You’ve recognized that you are no longer the smartest person in the room in many areas because of your rock star team. But how do you lead this team? Because without leadership, a group like that may splinter into a variety of directions often stalling the company’s growth.

Entrepreneur Magazine recently came out with an article written by Raphael Crawford-Marks that discusses a few techniques to manage this situation. He is the co-founder and CEO of a startup company called Bonusly so probably has not been the smartest person in the room at all times. It’s a good read if you’re thinking about building the best startup team for your business, click here to read the article.

by Krysta Bea Jackson

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