Mastermind group is a phrase originally coined by Napoleon Hill in his 1925 book, “The Law of Success.” Mastermind groups are designed to be a coming together of peers learn and solve problems. I would argue that the a mastermind group is by its very nature a leadership endeavor because it engages leadership behaviors on purpose. There is immense value in taking a small chunk of time each week to deliberately learn about and discuss leadership principles and their practical application. So here are the 3 reasons why you need to be in a leadership mastermind group.
1. Supporting your peers
One of the best reasons to be in a mastermind group is to share the wealth of knowledge and experience that you have with your peers. Adding value to others is a great way to build lasting relationships, credibility, and a strong network. Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t have a wealth of knowledge and experience because even if you don’t, what you do have is your own unique perspective on the topics discussed as well as the real world problems that are brought into the discussion.
There is a story of a box truck that is relevant here. The driver of this truck was cruising down the highway one day when he approached an overpass. To his utter dismay, the truck was too tall by just a hair and instantly became wedged under the bridge. It was a rather large ordeal, closing down a lane of the highway. The troopers didn’t know what to do and when they called the tow truck, he couldn’t do anything either. People had started to gather to try to solve this problem and get traffic moving again, but no one could figure out how to dislodge the truck and get it on its way. At about the 1 hour mark of this fiasco, a young boy of about 8 years old spoke meekly into the crowd of would be problem solvers, “Why don’t you just let the air out of the tires?” In that one moment, all it took was the unique perspective of an inexperienced young boy to produce the most face-palmingly simple answer to the problem a la the Old El Paso commercials.
So, if you don’t have the wealth of knowledge and experience, be the young boy who was not afraid to speak into the crowd and share his humble take on the situation. You’d be surprised by how valuable that can be. They might even cheer.
2. Learning from your peers
The next best reason to be in a mastermind group is to learn from your peers. You haven’t experienced everything and neither has anyone else, but you have all experienced and learned different things and you can share that with each other. You can bring your unique challenges and problems to a group of smart, capable people and have them help you solve them. Like your own personal think tank…that you get to be in too. And don’t forget, any one of your peers in the group might turn out to be the “Old El Paso Kid” for your problem. Don’t miss out on an epiphany, join a group.
3. Promoting a leadership mindset
The third reason is probably the most valuable. Changing your mindset it the most critical part of changing your behavior and therefore your results. This is a widely accepted notion. Just check out this article from Success.com. If you’re a religious person, you’ll find this in the Bible in Romans 12:2. It says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. But where ever you learn it, it’s true. And truth is truth no matter the source.
So, do you want to be a better leader? This is a change you can’t afford to skip. Find out how to join a group today.