I recently received a call from one of my clients who wanted some tips on how to better surround herself with great leaders. I suggested that she surround herself with: 1) people who support you emotionally; 2) people who support you professionally and 3) people who challenge you to be better.
I also told her that the willingness to surround yourself with talented people is a sure sign you are eager to be a great leader. Think about it, how many times have you heard these excuses from other entrepreneurs: “that person would never work for us”, or “we could never afford someone like that”. The reality is, no effort was made to see if there was a way to make things work between both parties. Take a chance, surround yourself with the best people possible and see how much more effective you can be, how fast your business grows and how soon the revenue begins to increase.
Strong leaders know that if they surround themselves with experts in various areas, it only makes them look better. Weak leaders think if they surround themselves with experts, it will make them look dumber.
Donny Osmond once said: “Always surround yourself with people who are better than you. If you’re hanging around bad people, they’re going to start bringing you down . . . But, if you surround yourself with good people, they’re going to be pulling you up”.
Here are the top 7.5 things you must let go of in order to surround yourself with great leaders:
1. Let go of judgment. 2. Let go of jealousy. 3. Let go of need. 4. Let go of labels. 5. Let go of control. 6. Let go of ego and poor self esteem. 7. Let go of negative. 7.5.Let go of you.
Did you know that greatness always happens when you ‘let go’. Good leaders surround themselves with ‘good people’, and great leaders surround themselves with ‘people better than them’.
In conclusion, always surround yourself with people who support you. Surround yourself with people who challenge you. Push yourself to never stop growing, learning and perfecting your craft. If you stop learning and stop pushing yourself, you stop achieving, succeeding and living.
© 2011 Dr. Laureen Wishom