Choose Wisely

A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him.
— John Maxwell


That's what John Maxwell calls it.  I just call it choosing the right friends.  

The people you surround yourself with as a leader are crucial in your development and ultimately, your impact.  You have the power to choose who you allow into your life.  Are you going to choose the person that will challenge you, hold you accountable, and have your back?  Or will you choose the person that will always think you're right, hold you back, and turn on you when things get tough?  The decision you make will make or break you!  And remember, you need to be the kind of friend to others that makes both of you better.  

Here are a few quotes on leadership when it comes to choosing your inner circle:

Those on your team carry two buckets with them at all times. One has water and the other has gasoline. Whenever there is a ‘fire’ down below, they will either pour the water on it, and you’ll never have to worry about it. Or, they will pour the gasoline on it, and it will blow up in your face.
— John Maxwell
You have to be a little more intentional with who you are spending time with because you only have so much time to spend with other people.
— Adam Bradley
Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
— James Allen
You need to surround yourself with people who believe in your potential and foster growth in your life! You will adopt the mindset, the outlook and the beliefs of the five people you are closest to.
— Joshua Medcalf

Here is a podcast that dives a little more in depth to determining who is in your inner circle: