Bring Ordinary People Together

"A superior leader is a person who can bring ordinary people together to achieve extraordinary results." Many years ago, an entrepreneur told me that. He was right.

The most valuable talent is being able to recognize hidden skills that others possess. Why? There's only one you, and you only have so much time. But if you can bring out the best in others, you gain remarkable leverage.

How do you do this?

1.) Really pay attention.

2.) Magnify the quietest voices.

3.) Mix things up. Watch for opportunities to create non-intuitive combinations of people, ideas, and circumstances.

4.) Look past your own biases. Most of us are drawn to certain types of people. They might be like us, or they might simply be people who like us.

If all you do is to follow your natural instincts, then you will be blind to most of the talent on Earth. You need to cultivate an appreciation for people who think, act, and feel differently than you. This is a difficult challenge, but well worth the effort.

Become one who cultivates talent in others. It will enrich your life and supercharge your career.