People who admit they are wrong – Bezos

From Inc. magazine: Bezos looks for people who can admit they are wrong and change their opinions often. According to Jeff this flexibility is the Number 1 Sign of High Intelligence.

Bezos’s counterintuitive strategy isn’t just to look at how often people are right. Instead, he also looks for people who can admit they are wrong and change their opinions often.

Bezos has “observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking,”

Psychologists call it intellectual humility. According to Stanford professor Bob Sutton, they encapsulate this trait of highly intelligent folks this way: “strong opinions, which are weakly held.”

Read the full Inc. article by Jessica Stillman by clicking here.