“You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”  

Do not underestimate the importance of the people you spend the most time with. Are you the most accomplished person in your Inner Circle? Are you the person everyone else turns to for advice? Are you always the smartest person in the room and the moral compass for your Inner Circle?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, reconsider who is in your Inner Circle. Their goals, mindsets and attitudes can impact yours. You should share similar core values and guiding principles that dictate behavior.

For example, you do the right thing not because you are professionally and ethically required to do so, but because at the core of who you are, doing so matters to you. Values misalignment are deal breakers. Your relationships should be mutually beneficial and intellectually stimulating. You should learn and grow from each others experiences, views, and perspectives.

Your Inner Circle should include inspirational and aspirational women who are where you want to go.

If this is missing for you, think about joining a Mastermind for women leaders who are Executives, Lawyers & Entrepreneurs. Sound interesting? InMail me or e-mail me confidentially at lakeshia@leaderthinking.com.