The Strength Of Your Leadership Can Be Found In Your Inner Circle

As business owners, we wear many different hats, particularly if you are running a small business. We face many challenges, some days all at the same time. To avoid feeling overwhelmed it’s good to have a strong support system. Who supports you?

A strong inner circle can be the backbone of your leadership. A group of people who have the knowledge and experience to listen to your ideas and issues and give solid advice and feedback both negative and positive. These people genuinely want you to succeed.

I know there have been times that I have faced huge challenges and having these people to turn to has made a wonderful difference.

Where do you turn when times are tough?

When you’re in the midst of a bad run having a support group to share the load will take the weight out of it. A problem shared is a problem halved, as the saying goes. Another great benefit to having a strong inner circle is being held accountable, we often need a good dose of accountability to prevent procrastination when times are challenging.

Who is holding you accountable?

Having an inner circle has so many benefits, especially if you are running your own business. It is like your own think tank, a place that you can go to for wise, objective counsel to help you with the many challenges you will face in life and in business. Your inner circle will also share your victories whether large or small. This can bolster your motivation, invigorate your enthusiasm and reinforce your drive.

Do you have an inner circle? If not, I highly recommend that you start building one today. Here are a few tips for you to begin with:

  1. Choose people who know and understand you and your business purpose.
  2. Find those who care enough about you to be honest and hold you accountable.
  3. Select those who are successful and highly motivated in their own lives.
  4. Avoid the negative naysayers at all cost. It is important to be surrounded by positive, supportive people.
  5. Be selective, it’s a privilege for people to share in your journey.
  6. Above all, choose people who you have a respectful relationship with and who will tell you the honest truth.
Appreciate and Value your inner circle. Treat them with respect at all times and listen to their advice. Remember; it may not be easy for them to give negative feedback, thank them for it.

“A leaders potential is determined by those closest to him.” John Maxwell


Alison Vidotto is the award winning author of 22 Leadership Fundamentals; the Door to Success says Push! A leadership keynote speaker and trainer, CEO of Vidotto Group and Founder of the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam ( Alison has a passion for leadership and development, both within herself and in others. She writes leadership articles for the Australian Business Women's Network ( Alison has also been published in the...

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