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Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with a number of people who are in the leadership role of their perspective fields.

The wisdom that I have learned from these leaders will help me be a better leader and also will help me as I train leaders in the future. One particular piece of wisdom is something that I wanted to pass along to you in this blog.

You see in all of my conversations, (budgets, struggles, opportunities, weaknesses, and so on) the same unspoken topic kept surfacing. That topic, loneliness.

Now I know that I have heard many times the old saying, “It is lonely at the top” however leaders understand that they are not necessarily at the top. Great leaders understand that a top down mentality is not one of leadership that is more of a dictatorship style. But that is another message.

The point that I am trying to make is that being a leader can be lonely. Many times leaders place themselves in situations where they feel they need to make all of the decisions, and all of the weight of the goal that the team is trying to meet is on their shoulders.

What I would like to share with you in this blog is simple. Surround yourself with a group of people (team) that willingly shares the responsibilities.

In the few meetings that I have had with leaders that have been able to accomplish this “not so simple” task, I have found them able to enjoy their roles and also they are more successful in accomplishing their goals.

This week’s experiment; Surround yourself with a team that willingly owns a share of the responsibilty.