It's Healthy At The Top Key # 2 of 4: MANY VS. FEW.
Facebook has lied to us. We don’t have 1,354 friends. As an executive leader you will have a reach and touch beyond what you can probably handle relationally. One of the greatest myths you can believe relationally is that you need to be besties with EVERYONE. That’s a fast way to be close friends with NO ONE! That’s one extreme, another extreme is having NO ONE close to you. You feel everyone is a threat. If people get close, I’ll lose my leadership influence.” That’s how insecurity can drive you to isolation. Don’t let it! As an executive leader, you will impact the many but you need to practice opening your life to the few.
Proverbs 27:6 says “The wounds from a close friend are worth it; kisses from an enemy do you in”. In other words, find a close circle where you can share your guts with. The good, the bad, and the ugly. People that can call you out and call you up. This doesn’t make you a ‘phony’ to the rest of the amazing people in your life, you aren’t hiding or pretending, don’t fall for that trick. In fact what it makes you is wise. Your influence will grow WIDE as you DEEPEN your close circle of friends and influencers.