Jason Berry is one of the smartest guy I’ve ever worked with. His brain runs crazy fast with data, leadership insights and has an incredible network of sharp people across the country. When I was asked to move under his leadership, many people wondered aloud if I would resist reporting to a leader 20 years younger than I am.
It is actually the opposite. I deeply respect the amount of talent, gifts and abilities contained in this mature next generation leader. I love the challenge to try to keep up with his speed and agile thinking.
Yet, he continuously postures himself “below” me in spite of being “above” me. He says things like “if you think I’ve missed something, please tell me.” Or, “you have the experience and wisdom here…what do you think?”
If someone that smart can be that humble when working with others, it inspires me to do the same. I try hard to elevate others around me and let them know they are respected for their skills and abilities.
How about you? Can you humble yourself and make others feel important? Or do you need to make sure everyone knows how smart you are?
Thanks for listening.