Sometimes, as managers, we have a very initimate decision to make.
We have to decide whether getting over ourselves is more valuable in the context we are in, or standing our ground, being smart, and winning the war, not the battle.
You see, when you have developed a series of skills that are of great use to you, it can mean that you need to be pretty smart in how you use them.
And that can, from time to time mean that you seem to have to give way, rather than be the manager you are.
In fact, you have to use your new found skills to act more smartly and give some things up, because the final outcome will be much more valuable.
You want an example now, don’t you!
Take a member of your team who has a problem to solve. They bring it to you and you immediately know what the answer is, so you could fix it for them.
This would fulfil your own ego, showing how great you are – and over time you will find that you fix many more things for others on your team.
Knowing what you know, it’s ‘smarter’ not to know the answer sometimes (even though you are just itching to tell them), because in the bigger picture, sending them off to find out the answer is a ‘smarter’ thing to do.
Showing them that you don’t know everything is much ‘smarter’ in the bigger context of creating a team of capable and resourceful people.
Smarter is sometimes about not looking quite so clever as you are!