Surround yourself with excellent people

There is an old adage, “Strong leaders surround themselves with strong people while weak leaders surround themselves with weak people.”

I have always understood this to mean that strong leaders are not afraid of others being successful. While weak leaders are always in fear of their position so ensure there is no competition around them. With this in mind, I have always looked to ensure the people that surround me are strong. I have tried to nurture them, train and mentor them, and, most significantly, trust them. This strategy has always paid dividends for me. When members of my team are successful, I am successful. When someone is ready to take my job, I am ready for the next job. I could never imagine looking over my shoulder fearful of anyone that is gaining on me!

Great leaders encourage and nurture good people and enjoy working with them. Imagine what you could achieve with a team of excellent people!

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.



@Spafloating @PeterBorner How true. If you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas!

Adi Gaskell
Adi Gaskell

Nice post Peter. An interesting example of this is the subject of feedback. How many leaders seek out negative feedback about their performance by those under them? I suspect in the majority of cases people are scared to criticise their leader for fear of the damage it will do to their career.

Peterborner moderator

@Adi Gaskell I have to smile as I recently had a discussion about "career limiting decisions." A friend was unhappy at work but was afraid to take the matter to his boss because he saw it as a career limiting decision and he couldn't afford to lose his job in the current market. A little coaching about how to approach the problem and how to phrase his issues in a constructive, non threatening way helped build up the courage to tackle the issue head on. I would have loved, however, to spend a little time with my friend's boss because, if he had been more approachable and sought feedback on occasion the whole problem would never have arisen. Indeed, I suspect his entire workforce would be happier and more productive.

Thanks for stopping by.



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