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Are You In The Wrong Room?

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

– Richard Tirendi

“Say something brilliant sounding,” I thought to myself. I can’t tell you how many times, sitting in a meeting with other people, that I thought that exact thing. It’s almost like that’s our young egoic brains trying to justify our existence for others, by proving just how smart we are.

I’ve come to a place in my journey where I think one of the death nails of growth & success in leadership is this unhealthy need to be the smartest person in the room. By very definition, a leader has to work with others to accomplish the mission – but it’s hard to truly aspire to great leadership and maintain the belief that you’re the smartest person in the room. It’s all too easy to move from we to me… and then it’s not leadership, is it? If I’m regularly the smartest person in the room, then I’m probably...

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