How are you doing? I mean, really, how are you doing? Does someone know your current reality? I hope so. The truth is, whether you feel the need for speed or not, you need a wingman. Top Gun anyone?
Thankfully, I have a few people I can really depend on, which is good because there are days when it feels like this wave I’m riding could crush me. I’m guessing you are surrounded by danger as well. If so, I can think of at least 5 good reasons why you need a teammate.
- What you are trying to do is hard. Without a teammate it can become overwhelming. Studies show that with someone by your side your ability to endure increases.
- You need encouragement. By surrounding yourself with people who affirm your effort and support your cause you improve your chances of winning.
- You need someone to hold you accountable. All of us have the tendency to take the path of least resistance. By allowing someone access to your goals and progress and the freedom to challenge you when things are mediocre, you ensure greater results.
- You need someone who challenges you to be courageous. If your friends jumped off a bridge would you? Probably! Many times I have been more brave because the people closest to me were brave.
- You need a friend. We were all created to live in community. Unfortunately, many leaders choose to live in isolation. The results are devastating. If you want to be your best you will need others by your side who will love you even when you don’t deserve it.
If you have real teammates — those who serve, encourage, challenge, hold you accountable, and love you, count yourself blessed. It should never be lonely at the top. Leaders should be relational pace setters.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.