Surround yourself

Posted on July 3rd, 2012 in Tips and Secrets by John Jensen


One mistake I continuously find leaders making is surrounding themselves with individuals who hold back their true potential.  George Washington once said, “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better to be alone than in bad company.” If you do not surround yourself with people who complement you, challenge you, and respect you your time as a leader will be difficult and not enjoyable.

Having someone who complements you does not mean having someone that tells you they like your outfit that day, it means someone who makes up for important qualities that you may lack.  Someone who fills in your gaps as a leader is of utmost importance to being successful.  Having someone who challenges you is also very important, because often times you will not think of everything.  Often times having an opponent can spur fantastic innovation that motivates us to be better leaders.  Obviously, it is hard to be leaders without having people respect you.  So always conduct yourself in a respectable manner and earn people’s respect.

Most importantly, find people who fill these roles.  If you surround yourself with people of good quality, there are very few things that can stand in the way of your success.

Until Next Time,

John Jensen

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