The past couple of days I traveled with a friend of mine to encourage leaders in a couple of companies near Chicago.

On the flight home last night we had time to debrief and discuss the events. There were several highlights we could point to and a few things we hope to improve before our next trip. Before we landed the conversation was very pointed. Namely, my friend was direct about an area where I need to get better.

After I dropped him off at his house I rode home in silence. Surprisingly, I was not offended. In truth, my heart was full of gratefulness toward my friend because his challenge motivated me to raise the bar on an area of my leadership.

There is an old proverb which reads, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

If you find yourself stuck as a leader, making little progress, or unaware of your blind spots, look to your right or left. No one there? Chances are, you need a wing man.

Who is making you better as a leader? Who are you making better?

Find the right person to partner up with and watch what iron can do. It will sharpen you as a leader.


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Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.