I am reading several books on the history of the USA at the moment and I just realised that George Washington’s cabinet makes every other cabinet look pathetic! His cabinet had Knox, Hamilton and Jefferson! If you have not read ‘team of rivals’ I would recommend it.
To fill a team of smart challenging individuals you may worry that your approach and processes might be questioned but what is wrong with that? Having such talent in your team is the most sure fire way of achieving great results. A team full of yes people will get you no where so avoid that temptation at all costs.