Here's a goal that should be a relief, but for many people, is incredibly challenging:

When you're in a meeting, make sure you're NOT the smartest person in the room. Huh?

When you're the smartest person in the room, all the responsibility's on you. Who else is going to come up with the best ideas, the most insightful analysis, the most stirring comments?

Nobody. How could they be expected to do it when you're the best? You the man (or woman)!

Seems pretty daunting.

Instead, make sure you surround yourself with people who are smart, creative, and dynamic. Ask a few questions and let them contribute their own perspectives. Build on their ideas, allowing them a strong sense of participation and ownership.

And guess what?

Not only will you get better answers and results, you can sit back and get smarter by learning from your team!