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How the “Roy Rule” should guide who you hire – Axios

Roy Schwartz, Axios co-founder and president, has a provocative hiring rule: Always go for people who want and can do your job.
Why it matters: Too many managers hire too defensively — they want to protect their own gig while not getting overshadowed by dazzling talent below. Or they hire too passively — they simply want butts in seats to be able to check off their list. This is why so many institutions grow complacent or rot.
The only way to be a great leader — and to create a great organization — is to have the self-confidence to hire people who might be better, and shine brighter, than you from the get-go.
But here's the secret: The easiest way to get better at something is to surround yourself with people better than you — and learn.
Four tips:
The bottom line: As CEO, I often tell investors and others that our greatest success at Axios has been creating an executive team full of future CEOs.

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