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Surround Yourself with Success: The Law ofthe Inner Circle and My Leadership Journey

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By Daniel Richardson
CEO of Magic Valley Publishing

In this week’s column, we continue our exploration of John Maxwell’s influential book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” This week we’re taking a look at the Law of the Inner Circle, a concept that has greatly shaped my own leadership style.
The Law of the Inner Circle emphasizes the importance of surrounding oneself with a close-knit group of individuals who can offer guidance, support, and expertise. According to Maxwell, a leader’s potential is determined not only by their own abilities but also by the strength and quality of their inner circle. In order to grow and achieve success, leaders must choose their confidants and advisors wisely, selecting those who complement their strengths and challenge their weaknesses.
There are three key components to building a powerful inner circle:
Seek diverse perspectives: A strong inner circle is composed of individuals with different strengths, skills, and perspectives. Diversity of thought and experience can challenge leaders to see problems from new angles, stimulating innovation and fostering growth.
Foster mutual trust and respect: The members of an inner circle must share a deep sense of trust and respect for one another. This enables them to engage in open and honest dialogue, which is essential for effective problem-solving and decision-making.
Cultivate a shared vision and commitment: In order to function cohesively, an inner circle must share a common vision and dedication to the leader’s goals. This collective commitment helps to maintain focus and drive toward success, even in the face of adversity.
Reflecting on my experiences as a Marine, I can see the profound impact of the Law of the Inner Circle. Our platoon leaders relied heavily on their close advisors for guidance, support, and strategic planning. These inner circles comprised individuals with diverse expertise, backgrounds, and perspectives, providing invaluable insight and helping to navigate complex situations.
In my business career, I’ve found the Law of the Inner Circle equally applicable. When launching a new venture, I intentionally try to build an inner circle of trusted advisors with a wide range of skills and experiences. These groups usually include people from different departments and backgrounds, allowing them to bring unique perspectives to the table.
By surrounding myself with this diverse group, we are able to draw upon their collective wisdom and knowledge to address challenges and make informed decisions. Their guidance, coupled with our mutual trust and shared vision, proves instrumental in the successful launch and growth of any venture.
As we move forward with our series on Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” I hope you’ll take the time to reflect on the power of the Inner Circle and consider how you can leverage this principle in your own leadership journey. Join me next week as we explore another invaluable lesson from this influential book.

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