“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” ~ Alan Alda
I was fortunate to be able to attend a nursing team lead meeting this past week. I left the meeting energized from the great discussion and ideas that were shared by the team leads. It never ceases to amaze me how much we can accomplish if we work together as a team and all have input into the solution. We should never forget that we are much stronger when we combine our intellect than when we try to make everything work on our own. It truly takes the input of many to make the most impactful changes.
I received a daily devotional on leadership as a gift. As I look at the message for today it talks about building an inner circle of people that you trust to positively influence you and your leadership. It further clarifies that leaders don’t succeed individually but rather at the input and influence of others. You should surround yourself with the following types of individuals: creative people, loyal people, wise and intelligent people, people with faith, people with integrity, people with influence, and people who share your vision. I am fortunate to have a group of people that I work closely with that I do trust, and that I think positively influence me. However, I am also lucky enough to have the influence of all of the various types of people through you, the incredibly staff that I am blessed to work with each day. I do consider each of you an influence in my life as I learn from my daily interactions on how I can improve in my leadership and in my personal development.
This week my challenge to you is to take inventory of your inner circle and see if it is positively influencing you or not. If it isn’t a positive influence, then consider making some changes to that group as your inner circle has the ability to make you or break you.
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” ~ Proverbs 11:14