Who's In Your Circle of Trust?
Who’s in your “circle of trust?”
In the movie “Meet the Parents,” there was a character that talked to his future son-in-law about his inner circle of people that he called his circle of trust.
These are group of people that you can trust with all of your thoughts, dreams and issues.
Everyone who is a leader should have a circle of trust that adds value to not only themselves but to those they lead as well.
This circle of trust becomes your closest advisers, they will be able to make you or break you.
So who should be in this very select group? Let me share the characteristics that are in mine.
👉 People of faith. I live my life by faith so it only makes sense that I surround myself with likeminded people.
👉 People of integrity. This goes without saying but having honest people around me is a must.
👉 Creative people. I know this is not one of my strongest areas so having help from those that are creative is a blessing.
👉 Loyal people. Much like having integrity, I want people that won’t sell out to the highest bidder.
👉 Those who have influence. I admit, I don’t know everyone. Having others around me who are influencers with others is a help.
👉 Complimentary people. Not ones that make me feel good but those that compliment the gifts I have.
👉 Those that share the vision. These are people that understand the process and want to not only encourage me but want to be a part of it.
👉 Wise and intelligent people. Yes, there are people in my circle that are much smarter than me.
What I find most interesting about the “circle of trust” is it’s a lot older than the movie. In fact, the advice of needing these advisors is found in scripture.
Proverbs 11:14 says, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
So who do you let in? What are some other things you would look for?
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