The moment had finally arrived. All eyes were on the unveiling of the much anticipated, grilled-to-perfection brisket...
As my friend, a leader, unwrapped his scrumptious beef, he explained the intense process that preceded this moment. He expertly chose the meat, prepared it with precision, injected it with his unique recipe, and smoked it with experience and skill.
Then, I tasted his work. It was simply incredible.
It was at that moment that I knew what I didn't know. I don't know how to cook a brisket. I don't know the cooking process, and I certainly have no injection recipe. I have no experience, and I have no skill. Just because I recognize a deliciously smoked brisket doesn't mean that I can produce a deliciously smoked brisket.
The same is true in our lives and leadership. It is important that we know what we don't know. Understanding when to allow others to contribute is essential for any effective leader.
Many times, leaders feel like they must have all of the answers and be able to solve all of the problems that arise. They fall into the trap of thinking that they are always right and always in the know. This ignorance can be damaging to their leadership and to the entire team.
Leaders who understand their strengths and weaknesses are those who truly influence others. People don't follow perfect leaders; they follow those they trust. Moreover, as for me, I will continue to trust Jeff to be our "brisket expert."
Choose to know what you don't know, and you will make a difference!