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Importance of Seeking Talents

 

Disciplines > WarfareWu Zi's Art of War > Importance of Seeking Talents

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Chapter

First part : 1 : 7

Observed lessons

  • When you are leader and your people are nowhere near as competent as you, then it is time to worry.
  • There are always people of talent. You just need to find them. A great leader is surrounded by great people.
  • Let your people be your teachers.

Discussion

A danger in recruitment and selection occurs where people seek to appoint others who will not threaten them. In this way, B-players will often tend to appoint C-players and certainly not A-players who may make them look relatively incompetent. It takes a confident leader to appoint people who are cleverer than they are, yet the alternative is to have a team who have limited ability and who will fail when times get tough.

The best leaders are also the best learners and are always seeking people from who they may learn. This is one of the secrets of leaders who are also teachers -- that they understand learning and stay ahead by paying attention to their own, carefully recruited teachers.

See also

Performance Management, Selection

 

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