I strongly believe that in order to be truly successful, we must surround ourselves with people who are better than we are. When building a team, you want the contract writer to write contracts far better than you ever could. You want a marketing expert better than you could ever be in marketing. The truth is – the ones who continually hire the weaker, only become weaker themselves.
In the race to the White House, the winner will quickly set up their team of experts. The goal SHOULD be to put people on your team who are far better at the particular job then you could ever be. Why though? How does that benefit us?
When you are surrounded by strength, you gain strength. There’s an old saying I learned in Sunday School – garbage in equals garbage out. If you surround yourself with garbage, you’ll produce more garbage. If you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll become more positive. The focus must be on the strength of the team.
I’m not advocating submission by the leader. Ask the 12,000 pound matriarch of the African bush elephant heard to step aside because you think you could do better – you’ll have a fight to the death on your hands. But when the leader shows strength then the team works well together. One of those strengths is recognizing the powerful contributions to the heard of each individual elephant. Without the strength of the individuals members, there is no team.
So go out there and surround yourself with amazing people. Ones who make you smile, who care, who are amazingly gifted in the areas you are not, and who can meet with you and work with you to achieve your goals. When we learn from others, and they learn from us, we strengthen our inner circles and community and spheres of influence.