When leading a team, the worst thing you can do is to surround yourself with “yes” people. 

You know who they are.

They are the ones that will agree with everything you say and do. Some leaders may like a frictionless team but it is a recipe for disaster. After all, when the ship sinks the "blame placers" aren’t going to look at the crew, they are going to look at the one in charge; the captain. The one person who depends on his crew to give him crucial information, even if it’s bad news. 

In order to succeed you need to surround yourself with people who are not afraid to speak up and tell you exactly what’s on their minds; regardless of seniority. 

It is your responsibility to welcome the information and foster a culture of openness.

Better yet, a team needs a leader that isn’t afraid to ask members the four most powerful words a leader can utter:

“What do you think?”

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