By: Connor Judson Garrett – June 7, 2016
Millennials have been fortunate to grow up in a time where the internet has made thoughts and ideas accessible to people of all backgrounds. This is just one of the reasons we crave collaborations – it’s engrained in our social interactions. As a millennial entrepreneur it’s critical to know how to assemble a team.
1) Don’t Be Afraid to Be Vulnerable
For men especially, we have this idea that we have to hide our weaknesses. I’d argue the opposite – by exposing ourselves we demonstrate a confidence that’s actually more genuine and frankly, more modern as society continues to shed pseudo-masculinity. People appreciate authenticity. You still need to use your judgment so as not to be taken advantage of, but you don’t want to surround yourself with sharks anyways. Authenticity attracts genuine people.
2) Don’t Fear Greatness
You don’t need to be the smartest individual in the room. In fact, it’s better that you aren’t. Surround yourself with talent and become a leader they can love – respect alone isn’t good enough – lead with passion and people will respond. Handpick individuals who are strong at the things you aren’t – if you’re big picture or an idea person (which is a legitimate thing) then surround yourself with people who are great with details, specialists with skills you don’t possess.
3) Keep it Together
The most important part of building a team is keeping it together. Destroy your ego. Give credit to others. The key word in building a team is build – iron sharpens iron. Express your appreciation, incentivize, motivate, and challenge your team to create something that will endure.