The best advice I have ever gotten was to always hire people who are even better than you. This is very difficult for most people, especially as they move up the ranks, because one’s natural tendency is to worry about being out-shined by your subordinate.
You have to try to be comfortable enough with your own position that you hire people beneath you who are extraordinary. Too often middle managers — subconsciously or consciously — hire mediocre people beneath them in order to look good by comparison.
Your manager is also responsible for making sure you don’t fall into this trap: he/she needs to form a relationship with you which gives you the confidence to feel secure enough to hire the best possible people beneath you.
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