A higher level than expected.
Figuratively, we use this phrase to describe individuals who perform at a higher level than expected, based on their attributes and experiences. When a manager hires above their weight class, they hire individuals who are smarter, faster, and in some meaningful way better than themselves. Here’s why you should hire “up”:
Why hire above your weight class?
Managers are often hesitant to hire people smarter than themselves. They may be worried about earning respect or staying ahead of a subordinate. In our experience, the advice “hire people smarter than you” given by Robert Kiyosaki in his best-seller Rich Dad, Poor Dad is highly effective and should be standard.
If you find yourself hiring someone who is not smarter than you, then challenge yourself as to why you are making that hire. Hire individuals who are strong where you are weak. Free yourself to focus on your strengths. If you hire “down”, you will never achieve work-life balance– so instead, hire “up”.