Nobody does anything great alone, nor do leaders succeed alone. What makes the difference is the leader’s inner circle.
As you consider whether individuals should be in your inner circle, ask yourself the following questions. If you can answer yes to these questions, then they are excellent candidates for your inner circle:
- Do they have high influence with others? – One key to successful leadership is the ability to influence the people who influence others. How do you do that? By drawing influencers into your inner circle.
- Do they bring a complementary gift to the table? – Bring a few key people into my inner circle who possess strengths in your areas of weakness.
- Do they hold a strategic position in the organization? – Some people belong in your inner circle because of their importance to the organization. If you both are not working on the same page, the entire organization is in trouble.
- Do they add value to me and to the organization? – The people in your inner circle must add value to you personally. They should also have a proven track record as assets to the organization. Look for people who help you improve.
- Do they positively impact other inner circle members? – Team chemistry is vital. You want your inner circle to have a good fit with one another. You also want inner circle members to make one another better and to raise one another’s game.