Forming an Inner Circle

John Maxwell identifies 5 questions to ask when forming your inner circle:

  1. Do they display exemplary character in everything they do?
  2. Do they bring complementary gifts to the table?
  3. Do they hold a strategic position and have influence within the organization?
  4. Do they add value to the organization and to the leader?
  5. Do they positively impact other members of the inner circle?

Maxwell also identifies 2 traps to avoid in staffing your inner circle:

  1. Soliciting praise instead of candor.
  2. Driving away talent so that your power isn’t threatened.