Simon says, “Defer to others when they are more knowledgeable,
skilled, or competent.”
None but a certifiable power junky would go with his own ideas and
skills when someone more competent is readily available. Nonetheless, power
junkies are more prevalent than you might think. You can find them mostly in
the middle ranks but rarely at the top. Leaders do not get there by ignoring or
overlooking expertise in others and especially not in people whose knowledge,
skills, and resources can increase their chances for success. Skilled leaders
take full advantage of whatever may give them the winning edge.
Simon’s reason for deferring to the expertise of others goes a little
farther, though. He truly values differing styles and opinions. Each person on
the team has know-how, skills, and resources unlike those of anyone else. They
all have their special areas of expertise. They also have their individual
approaches, ways of thinking, and perspectives. This gives fullness and flavor
to the team. Not to take advantage of this richness would be like ignoring the
matador when he suggests you let him handle it this time.