My Mentor Told Me to Always Hire Someone Better Than Yourself
all wanting to land, almost all running low on fuel, and with precious cargo. The ATC does not get overwhelmed. It just picks one aircraft at a time and safely lands it and then gets to the next one, and so on. Remember, everything passes—good times as well as bad times.” That was the moment I knew this person will be my go-to person and since then she has been my mentor.
The most important professional advice I got from my mentor was to “always hire someone better than yourself.” She said, “If you find that you are generally the smartest person on the table then there is something wrong.” This was a shocking revelation for me. I remember prior to this, I would be uncomfortable to lead if I was not the smartest person in the team. Now, I know that leadership requires me to build a team of people smarter than me—a 180-degree shift in perspective.
(As told to Payal Ganguly)