From the outside, it looks like great companies are great because of their founders. Since we don’t see the work of the company’s team, we assign credit to the externally visible founder.
From the inside, we know that great companies are great because of their teams. The founder is great only in so far as they are able to attract and motivate great people to work with them towards a common vision.
In other words, as Simon Sinek points out in the tweet below, great teams make their founders look good, not the other way around.
The genius at the top doesn't make the team look good. A good team makes the person at the top look like a genius.
— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) August 2, 2017
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