MYTH #22: Everyone should be as smart as me

TRUTH: If they were, wouldn’t they be doing your job already?

In order to become a manager, you need to have a certain level of intelligence, ability and experience.

Once you’ve become a manager, it’s easy to assume that everyone in your team should be as smart as you or as good at solving problems.

But surely if that was the case they’d be at your level already as well?


Some people will never be as smart as you, or as quick to solve a problem. That’s why they’ll stay where they are, and why, if you handle this correctly, it could be the fastest way for you to grow your career.

You’ve been promoted because you’re there to solve problems, and develop other people as far as they can go.

Everyone has a glass ceiling

Everyone has a limit, and it’s your job to help them find it. Accept it when they get there.

Build the processes of your team around the realistic limits of people at certain levels; even if that means breaking things out into steps that you wouldn’t need mapping out yourself.

Once you accept this, life will get a hell of a lot less stressful.

Your team will begin running more smoothly and you’ll be able to focus on your own growth.

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