Sebastien Sperano, owner of the RE/MAX office in Vimont-Auteil, disclosed one of his leadership and success tips: the importance of having an “inner circle”. Sperano was inspired about the inner circle by reading books written by world business leader, John C. Maxwell.

What exactly is a leader’s “inner circle”? An inner circle is determined by those who are closest to you. No great leader ever accomplished the euphoria of success singlehandedly. What makes this difference is the leader’s inner circle.

When we think of an inner circle, it is ongoing, evolving, turning, moving forward. Successful leaders may have one or two inner circles in their life. For example, they may have a “business” inner circle and a “personal” inner circle. The business inner circle may include a business mentor, an assistant, a colleague, or an advisor, while a personal inner circle may include one or more family members, close friends or someone who inspires you. People in your inner circle may be young, old, male or female. An inner circle is rather similar to a security blanket.

You will need to decide which individuals should be included in your inner circle. Individuals who are in your business inner circle should be able to influence others, possess strengths that you do not possess and be key players in your organization. They should add value to you personally and to your organization. These individuals should want to help you improve and be the best that you can possibly be. They should make a positive impact on other members within your inner circle.

It is important to surround yourself with others who are excellent performers. Don’t be afraid that they will show you up. Leadership isn’t a position, it’s a process. It starts from the inside out. Don’t be afraid of failure, as one has to fail prior to being a success. Don’t be afraid to try something new; just go for it.

Your attitude is ever-changing and evolving. It evolves by who you are, your environment, your experiences, your affiliation with others who influence you, your job, what you hear, your emotional state and relationships with your colleagues, friends and family. Whether you are a young child, middle-aged or a senior, your attitude towards life is always under construction.

Leadership skills can be learned and improved. You need to trust yourself and build trust with others. Appreciate others and let them know when they do something right. When things go awry, ensure that they are accountable for their errors and give them the space needed to correct their errors and to grow. Recognize that success is a journey, not a destination. Go through life with open arms. Be ready to receive because if you do so, you will receive.

No one becomes instantly successful when they receive a diploma. They became successful when they decided to seek further education. Grow daily, ask questions, be bold, make sacrifices for opportunities and don’t forget to dream big!

As a leader, set examples for others, show the pathway. Laugh at yourself and with others. Encourage others, as one day one of these individuals will encourage you. Enjoy others and enjoy life.