Every good story has an equal component, there is always a guide. Sure, there are heroes and villains, setting and trials, but no hero ever makes it on their own. There's always a guide.
Luke Skywalker had Yoda. Rudy had a priest. Andy Dufran had whatever was the name of Morgan Freeman's character....
What about the leader you follow? Do they have a guide?
Leadership that never works is a leader who believes they have everything it takes.
Leaders identify a guide (some might call it a mentor) because...
- It displays humility
- It creates the opportunity for new ideas
- It offers experience
- It keeps a leader from fixating
- It provides perspective in times of crisis
- It builds a path for a leader in a new role
The mistake we are most likely to make is take on a new role or start a new goal and we think leadership looks like action, when in reality it looks like finding a guide. You need a trusted guide if you have a dream of building a business or if you have the goal of reading more books this year. Our fear of asking for help is what keeps us from finding a guide but it's also what keeps us from reaching our full potential.
Where in your life do you need a guide?