Put Rivals On Your Team

Great leaders have always had a group of advisers who challenge them to their greatness.  Whether you call them a mastermind group, your inner circle or your closest friends you know that you can’t “go it alone.”  You need a strong support cast.

While touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois I spied Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 book on his presidential cabinet: Team of Rivals. Goodwin is known as the nation’s foremost living presidential historian.  Her book covers the inner circle of leaders Lincoln put together to make his presidency one of the most unusual (and effective) in history. They were mostly his political rivals – unheard of in today’s world of isolation policies towards your opponents.

You need people who should get the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award® just for being in your corner.  They have your back (even though you don’t always think they do). And they make you stronger every time you allow them in the loop of your confidence. They sharpen your metal and hone your skills with their unique talents and influence in your life.

Having an inner circle allows you to “bounce” ideas off of others with different experiences, skills, viewpoints and backgrounds. It will sharpen your skills and hone your thinking.

It will both challenge you and leave you very vulnerable, but it is worth the effort.

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