Every leader needs a leadership cabinet. A small group of advisers who help you be the best you possible. And who help keep you grounded, focused, and honest. In most cases these aren’t paid advisers — they’re people who know you, respect you, and are willing to be honest with you when you need that most.
Your leadership cabinet should help you:
- Identify and navigate your blind spots
- Know when you’re wrong
- Brainstorm solutions to your biggest problems
- Connect you with important external resources
- Help you understand other points of view
- Stay focused and motivated through the toughest times
The best advisers share the following traits:
- Willingness to challenge your thinking
- Skills and experience that you don’t have
- High emotional intelligence
- Creative thinkers
- High integrity
- Aligned with you on your vision and priorities
Do you have a personal leadership cabinet? Do they share the traits I’ve outlined above?
This post was originally featured on my blog andrewolsen.net.