Hiring right people: Why to hire people smarter than you

Sometimes when hiring it is tempting to go for employees who won’t rock the boat. You might want to find people who aren’t going to leapfrog over you on the corporate ladder

The thing is, hiring to avoid people more talented than yourself is just a self-defeating proposition. It’s not in company’s best interest. It’s not in your best interest, either, even if you’re not the company owner. See, having smarter people around can challenge you to think more creatively and work harder. Even if they end up leapfrogging over you in the corporate ladder, you may end up making yourself a more desirable candidate for another job. Plus, you’ll still get some credit for hiring them.

Also, you’ll do well to remember that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, so even if you hire somebody who seems smarter, they probably aren’t better at everything. Every member of the team should have their own strengths and weaknesses – and that means that everyone on your team will probably be better than you are at at least one thing. You’ll want to know as much about each topic as is reasonable, but there are still going to be people with better expertise in certain areas. And that’s perfectly okay.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.