From a growth perspective, whether personally or for your business, each of us needs to have others to help drive us forward. It could be something as simple as being given permission – to try, to succeed or, even, to fail. It might be the person who tells us, “Yes….if….”, “Have you thought about…..?” or “No!”.
These different voices and perspectives act to provide reference, experience and support as we make decisions every day. While having confidence in your own abilities as a leader and a decision maker can streamline the process, the connections created through asking questions and requesting input can be far more beneficial to the success that you seek.
Where do you look for advice? Does it come from family, friends, business associates? Do you have a network of mentors or a group of industry colleagues where you can bounce ideas and truth without fear of judgement or solicitation? It has been said that ‘…we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with…’. Are those five people the ones who make you the best person and leader you can be?
Look at your network of colleagues and others to find folks who can fit your best version of yourself. Look for someone who can provide insight and support to you – and who can benefit from you. Remember, it is not just about making you better, it is about making everyone stronger in how they engage, lead and support.
Communities of people have historically been the drivers of both change and support. Innovation comes from the need to improve and grow and compassion comes from the need for succor and solace. Building a community of similarly focused people, not just like-minded, but those who share a common destination, can create amazing results.
Build your community to stretch yourself, challenge yourself and to serve a common goal – empathetic improvement and growth tethered by humanity.