Do you have a safety net? Do you have a network of friends who can help you through tough times? Do you have a group of folks who can talk straight to you and tell you when you’re being an idiot?
If you don’t, you need one.
Leaders have a tendency to try and do everything on their own. As a result, they often suck at delegating, struggle to communicate their vision compellingly…and aren’t too good about reaching out for help when they need it. And of all people, leaders (especially CEOs) need to avoid isolation – it can negatively impact the business.
Regardless of your level of leadership, you can benefit from having your own personal support team. I know this from personal experience:
- Venting: Life is not always cupcakes and unicorns, which means you’re going to need to be able to complain and rage from time to time. Your support group will listen and not judge…well, not much.
- Accountability: A good support group calls you on your crap. They can also help you clarify and achieve your goals. It’s good to have people around who can keep you on track. They can also suggest actions to take to help get you to the finish line.
- Sanity Check: This is similar to “accountability” but it’s a little more focused than that. Your support team is there to throw out the red flag when they see you about to do something incredibly stupid. It’s great to have that voice of reason when things go crazy.
- Wisdom: As much as you think you know everything, you don’t. Your support team can use their collective knowledge to help you break through your issues and move forward. So find some smart people for your posse!
- Laughter: When you pick your support team, make sure you pick ones who have the same sense of humor as you. And aren’t afraid to say inappropriate things. And who know REALLY good jokes.
Just remember: you don’t have to go through this alone. Find your team and conquer the world!
PS – Shout out to #TeamFaulkner! You know who you are. And you are awesome.
Do you have a support network? What do you use it for? Share in the comments!