The Law of the Inner Circle is the eleventh law of the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership. It states that those closest to you will determine your potential as a leader.
You need an inner circle because you cannot do everything very well. Your inner circle should be made of the most trusted people in your life.
They should be people who have your best interest at heart, wants to see you succeed, and able to hold you accountable.
Talent is not enough, you must obey the Law of the Inner Circle
You can be incredibly gifted and talented, but talent alone will not make you successful, what makes the difference is the caliber of people you have in your inner circle.
If you want to be successful as a leader, you need a team around you. As Mother Theresa said, “You can do what I can’t do. I can do what you can’t do. Together we can do great things.” That is the power of the Law of the Inner Circle
But you have to be very careful of who you allow in your inner circle because those closest to you will either make or break you.
Whether you are in business, ministry, sports and even family relationships, those closest to you will determine your level of success.
How to practice the Law of the Inner Circle
You must be strategic when creating your inner circle. We naturally tend to surround ourselves with either people we like or people with whom we are comfortable, but you cannot choose the people that will be in your inner circle like you choose your friends.
As you consider who to include in your inner circle, ask yourself the following questions. If you can answer yes to these questions, then you have probably found an excellent candidate for your inner circle:
- Do they have high influence with others? Leadership is the ability to influence others. You will be a successful leader if you can draw influential people into your circle.
- Do they bring a complimentary gift to the table? You benefit from the Law of the Inner Circle if you can bring a few key people into your inner circle who possess strength in your area of weakness.
- Do they hold a strategic position in the organization? Get people in your inner circle who are strategically positioned in your organization. It pays a lot of dividends if they are on the same page.
- Do they add value to you and the organization? People are either adding to you, subtracting from you, multiplying you, or dividing you. Draw people in your inner circle who have a proven track record as assets, not liabilities.
- Do they positively impact other inner circle members? Make sure your inner circle has chemistry and they are able to work together and function as a team. Make sure they have a good fit with one another.
With the Law of the Inner Circle, you will go far
You can only go so far on your own. If you feel like you have reached your capacity in terms of time and energy, the only way you can increase your impact is through others.
Success comes not from what you know but from who you know and how you present yourself to each of those people.
You want to be a better and an effective leader? Make sure you do not break the law of the inner circle.