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The shift in smart leadership
Episode 15614th July 2022 • Leaders Light The Path • Dr. Michael Gerharz
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What we can learn from an ISS commander about effective leadership …

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The smartest person is usually the person in the room who knows how to tap into the

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intelligence of every person in the room.”

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These are the words of former ISS commander, Scott Kelly, who found

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this to be the most effective way of leading a mission team?

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That's a big shift in the role of a leader, actually.

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A few decades ago, a leader had to be the one who knew all the answers.

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Not knowing an answer was a sign of weakness.

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And even today we see that happening in a lot of companies and even countries.

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But it turns out that most questions that are easy to answer

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have already been answered.

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The important questions that remain are the ones for which it's

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impossible to know all the answers.

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The same is true for mission critical questions that come out of nowhere

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and need to be answered quickly.

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Most of these questions are complex.

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Most likely no single person is actually able to answer

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all of them in any situation.

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That's why the most effective leaders to date tap into the knowledge of others.

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They empower their team to find answers.

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They inspire their audience to look for their own answers.

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They light the path and provide direction so that we can explore the path together.

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Leaders are effective not because they know but because

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they want to know an answer.

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We trust them not because they have the one and only answer but because

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they have the will to find the truth.