It’s never the best feeling to be the dumbest person in the room, but when you’re building your team, that should be your aim.

Successful leaders routinely say that heir success comes down to their people. You have to be prepared to work hard yourself, but you also have to focus on recruiting great people for your team.

Surrounding yourself with sharp minds and specialty knowledge is the backbone of success. This enables you to leverage expert skill sets across a variety of disciplines.

But how do you manage these smarty pants?

As a Christian leader, you’re no doubt used to doing and being across everything yourself but that won’t work as your ministry expands. It’s also a waste of time if you’ve gone to all the effort of recruiting such superstars!

In Harvard Business Review, Wanda Wallace and David Creelman have some helpful tips for Leading People When They Know More Than You Do.

They say your focus needs to be on your relationships with your team. Don’t use the same approach with all team members. Get to know them as individuals and work out what motivates them, what drives them and what they can bring to the team.

Instead of knowing what to do, you need to know who to ask. Rather than you telling your team the answer, you need to bring them to collectively find the best answer.

Instead of doing the work yourself, the idea is to enable things to happen. This includes knowing when to leave things alone and not to interfere.

Of course this is bound to be tricky for many leaders!  You need to practice seeing the bigger picture, not mastering the details. After all, you’ve gone to all that trouble of recruiting these smart people so that they can nail the details!

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