Sounds like a question you would ask a potential start up, right? Wrong. Your personal Board of Directors does not refer to a few high ranking, intellectual individuals advising your company on crucial matters; rather, it refers to that group of people who inspire you, motivate you, and challenge you to think beyond. It is those people who you surround yourself with, whose advice you seek on important personal and professional matters, and who always keep your head straight. But how do you create your personal Board of Directors?
Determining who deserves a place on your personal Board requires some thinking and attention to various considerations. Some of the things that should particularly be borne in mind are:
Choose Those Who Inspire
The underlying proposition of a personal board of directors is to gain insight and wisdom from people you have always looked up to or aspired to be. As we progress in our lives, both personally and professionally, we come across more and more people we learn something from. These people then become an important source of enlightenment for us. The idea of creating your own board of directors is exactly this: to expand your inner circle of people to include those who can challenge your thinking and escalate you to unreached heights of brilliance.
How much do you think you can learn from someone who is exactly like you? Maybe much, but not a lot. The very idea of having a personal board is to include those people who have inspired you despite their starkly different personalities, way of thinking and paradigms. The more people there are with different approaches, the more room there is to learn.
In a similar vein, it is only wise to include people who belong to different age brackets; some who are younger than you, some who are older, and still others who are the same age. It is also a good idea to get people from different professional backgrounds and fields to add a diverse set of perspectives to your Board of Directors.
Have At Least One Individual Who Knows You Well
It is impractical to think every member on your board would know you well; some can be mere acquaintances. A smart move would be to have at least one member on the board who knows you well. A person who is aware of your temperament, your style of thinking and your ambitions in life would be in a better position to advise you and give honest feedback. Even if the individual is not able to add much in terms of creativity and diversity, having a trusted individual on board is always a good option.
Always Be On the Lookout for More
Your personal Board of Directors can always do with more. Always be on the lookout for those who can potentially be a good addition to your circle. You meet new people all the time, and if someone strikes you as being an enlightening source, don’t hesitate to include him/her on your board. Remember, two heads are better than one, and in this case, this adage doesn’t get any truer.
O’ Brilliant One, it’s time for you to think about creating your personal board of directors.