Presidential history calls them the “kitchen cabinet” (Andrew Jackson) or the “brain trust” (Franklin Roosevelt). It’s a group of friends and advisors who serve leaders in an unofficial but very influential capacity.
Every leader ought to build an inner circle that adds value to him or her and to the leadership of the organization they serve. John Maxwell suggests the following mix:
- Creative people
- Loyal people
- People who share your vision
- Wise and intelligent people
- People with complementary gifts
- People with influence
- People of faith
- People of integrity
Do those closest to you exemplify these qualities?