The Oaks Ignore Their Pleas

My partners at …

Posted in General by Jeff Graves on December 19, 2013

My partners at the firm would also say: “You don’t always have to be the smartest person in the room. You don’t always have to know the answer. You have to be open to the fact that you might be wrong. Can you be open to the idea that you might be wrong?” How could anyone not answer that question with an “Of course”? But it was a tough question to hear and say: “You know what? I don’t know best.” What a relief when you do that.
Jeremy Zimmer, CEO of United Talent Agency, in the New York Times

For me, this is the essence of leadership in this new age we find ourselves in…leaders won’t always have the answers and shouldn’t pretend they do.  Being honest with yourself is critical to leading an organization of any size.

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