You Don't Get To Play Dumb

Friday, January 30, 2015

There's a current leadership trend I find disturbing: leaders downplaying their intelligence as though it's some sort of crutch rather than an asset. The disclaimers of, "Now, before you think I'm some sort of egg-head . . ." or the self-effacing, "Aw, shucks, I'm no genius, I'm just one of you . . ." are becoming more common.

Well, I'm smart and I want people as smart as or smarter than I am to be leading me. So if you're going to call me dumb and then call yourself dumb, you're not someone I want to be learning from.

We can't expect perfection in people (it doesn't exist anyway) but we also shouldn't settle for false modesty. If you're smart, own it. If you're talented, own it.

There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but pretending to be someone or something you're not doesn't empower anyone, including yourself.

True humility doesn't hide its gifts.

PS: Being smarter doesn't mean better. Beware that ego trap.

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