The Smartest Person In The Room

…doesn’t have to be the leader.

Now I don’t mean to say that the leader doesn’t need intelligence, or common sense, or some type of intellectual capacity. What I do mean to say is the leader doesn’t have to know more than everyone else. In fact, I also think the leader doesn’t always have to know HOW to do things better than everyone else in the room.

Here’s what I’ve learned: the leader doesn’t have to be the smartest person in the room if he or she has brought smart people onto the team and doesn’t let ego get in the way.

Do you really want the level of your team’s success to be dependent on your IQ?!?

Tajfel Saved My Team

Today I will be teaching a class entitled, How To Lead A SuperCamp. I’ve had a lot of experience in leading and directing youth camps and will be sharing some of what I know with students at our University.

One of the really fun elements of this class will be talking about Minimal Group Theory (MGT). This theory was developed by a British, social psychologist named Henry Tajfel. I didn’t really know anything about MGT while I was directing camps, but as I look back I can see it’s amazing effects.