Benjamin Franklin was right. At the U.S. constitutional convention in 1787, he gave some advice to his colleagues:
Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt by own judgement, and to pay more respect to the judgement of others.
Your leadership wisdom is in direct proportion to the humility it takes to learn. Great leaders seek contributions from all others. They insure they never see themselves as the smartest person in the room. If you don’t value the people in the room you are in the wrong room.
Leaders surround themselves with great people. Who makes you smarter? Humble yourself and find out.