Chefs make great dishes by mixing a variety of flavors. Great directors bring together the right crew, actors, and writers to film a great movie. Likewise, the best leaders in higher education assemble a team of people with complementary -- not identical -- talents and perspectives. The ability and experience to find the right mix and use the advantages of diversity is truly a leadership competency. Every supervisor, manager, administrator, coach, teacher, or leader would be wise to develop this skill.
Over the years, you've probably heard this career advice: Follow your passion and be an expert in your field. As it turns out, it may not be in your best interest. Experts say that the advice to follow your passion reflects a fixed mindset, meaning you believe your qualities are “carved in stone." That mindset sets many aspiring professionals up for failure. Instead, higher education professionals need a growth mindset and institutions a culture of development.
Often, when it comes to interviewing, we feel as though we're meeting with a judge and jury who decide our fate. Instead, think of it as simply meeting with prospective co-workers who want to see what it might be like to work with you. You’re most likely to impress when you feel calm and like yourself. If you're able to get a sense of what the team may be thinking, it can calm your nerves and enable you to have this important conversation from a comfortable place.