Imagine the perfect basketball team. You’re probably imagining one composed of the star players from every team, combined into one super-squad, right?

But that’s not entirely correct.

Adam Grant did the research, and it turns out that the best teams require a mixture of a few stars and a few team players. For a team to function well, they need the x-factor that these team players bring: humility.

In this TED talk, Grant discusses how humility leads to excellence:

Humility is underrated. It gets a bad rap. It sounds like a sign of weakness. But in the best teams with the best leaders, it is actually a source of strength. It keeps us from resting on our laurels. Because we know that excellence is not about believing that you’re the best, it’s actually about always striving to get better.

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