My Men­tor Told Me to Al­ways Hire Some­one Bet­ter Than Your­self

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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)

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