Why You Need to Know You Ain’t All That

Why You Need to Know You Ain’t All That

by Dan Rockwell

The sooner you realize you’re remarkable at very few things and lousy at many the better off you and your team will be. If you usually come out on top when you compare yourself to others, you're arrogant. (I ain't pointing fingers.) Poor performance: Feeling superior produces inferior performance. I spent too much time trying to succeed at things I didn’t do well because I thought I did most things well. Leaders who believe they do all things well frustrate the people around them. Accept that you are remarkable at very few things, perhaps one or two, but no more than three. When you know you ain't "all that" you: #1. Shut up and listen actively. I don’t mean you simply hear words. You learn to profoundly respect the perspective of others when you know you have many weaknesses and few remarkable strengths. #2. Value team members more highly. You probably have a tendency to focus on the weaknesses of others. But when you see your own weaknesses, you learn to value others. When leaders overestimate themselves they underestimate others. #3. Practice humility with greater alacrity. The tendency to get puffed up is in most of us. Today a friend [...]

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