Leaders should be genius spotters
Everybody somehow has “a natural genius”: something they do really well and absolutely natural, without intense efforts. If leaders can detect their people’s natural genius, these people will do things better than anyone else - without burning their own reservoirs of energy. Because they will do it brilliantly with ease and passion. For me, that is essentially what energy management of employees is all about. So in a sense, leaders should at all times be “genius spotters”. I hope you will agree with this statement: how smart you are as a leader is defined by how clearly you can see the smartness of your team members…
That’s important in many respects – especially if you want to solve problems at your company. Think about it: we naturally gravitate. Your preferences have influenced you to choose jobs where you can do more of what you really like to do. As a result, you have perfected those skills and feel most competent when you solve problems in those areas. Ask yourself this question: in what spheres do you most enjoy solving problems? In what spheres are you least eager to solve problems? And what are the implications for potential vulnerabilities in your position?
Again: be a genius spotter and actively search out people in your organization whose skills are sharp in these areas, so that they can serve as a backstop for you and you can learn from them. I believe everybody is – in some respect – a genius. But do not forget to assess your vulnerabilities.
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