Friendship is Key to Business Success

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It's often expected that with success comes isolation. "It's lonely at the top," we like to say. But it doesn't have to be. We can become more successful leaders when we surround ourselves with friends who influence and challenge us in positive ways.

"Friends often challenging your thinking...especially if you have good diversity in your friendships of age and background and opinion and all those things," says Megan Hyatt Miller of the Lead to Win podcast (I highly recommend this episode on friendships). "They probably see life a little differently than you do and that's really, not only healthy for you but it makes you more effective as a leader because you need to consider different perspectives."

Having a small group of friends to guide you through decisions, influence your thought and challenge you to achieve greatness are essential to strong leadership.

No matter where you are in your career journey, positive friends trump loneliness and isolation. Our goals should include finding friends and spending time with them.

I've had to learn to make friendships part of my leadership over the past few years. Fortunately, I've been grateful to find and retain two friends who are essential to my success. They're the folks I counted on while launching Acme Design in 2018 and they continue to listen, challenge me and influence me to achieve greater success. They're there for me when I have questions and they share their perspective and offer advice. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today.

Whether you're a small business owner, executive of a Fortune 500 company or a reputable business leader, friends not only will help you achieve greatness, they'll challenge you and create positive influences.

We can attempt to lead from a place of loneliness at the top but our level of success won't be as strong as it can be when we surround ourselves with friends.

As Michael Hyatt says, "You can lead without friends but you can't lead well without friends. You're going to be a much better leader if you have deep, meaningful friendships."

At Acme Design, we don’t look for opportunities. We look for problems and we solve those problems for our clients. What problem are you working to solve? 

 
Ash Blankenship