All in: the promise of workplace diversity

On a football team the most famous and recognizable player is usually the Quarterback.

Most of us can name the quarterback’s of our favorite NFL teams, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Blake Bortles.

But a lot fewer of us could actually name the left guard or the long snapper. While Quarterback’s are generally regarded as the most valuable players a team comprised of entirely quarterbacks wouldn’t stand a chance against a normal team.

It’s usually more comfortable to surround ourselves with people who we are similar to. People who like the same activities we do, people who agree with our opinions, and people who relate to our experiences. But let’s be honest, no one reaches their goals by being comfortable.

Productive leaders understand this principle. Rather than surrounding themselves with people who have similar skills, opinions, and backgrounds to their own, they seek out those who can fill the gaps in their own skillset or insight. This allows their team to work far more efficiently and effectively.

So when you are deciding which people to add to or keep on your team don’t pick a bunch of quarterbacks. Pick a few wide receivers, some excellent lineman, and a solid running back. At the end of the day you’ll thank yourself.