Leadership Tip

How to manage people who are smarter than you

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or knowledge?

  • Consider whether your fears are based in reality. Insecurity can affect your interactions with your team, so don't ignore feelings of self-doubt.
     
  • Reach out to other managers for advice. Share your concerns and ask how they've handled similar situations.
     
  • Give, and take, feedback. Don't try to evaluate your direct reports on areas where you have no knowledge - stick to areas where you have authority. And tell your employees that you're comfortable receiving feedback from them.
     
  • Empower your employees. Use your skills to support them in their goals, and give them room to do what they do best.
     
  • Project confidence, but not too much. Be calm, respectful, and take yourself and others seriously.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted ffrom How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You by Rebecca Knight. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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