11. The Law of the Inner Circle

The Law of the Inner Circle: A Leader’s Potential is Determined by Those Closest to Him

Nobody does anything great alone. p. 127

Leaders have to deliver. There is no substitute for performance. But without a good team, they often don’t get the opportunity. Their potential is determined by those closest to them. That is the Law of the Inner Circle. p. 129

I’ve always contended that good communicators take something complicated and make it simple. p. 129

The leader finds greatness in the group, and he or she helps members find it in themselves. p. 131

Only if you reach your potential as a leader do your people have a chance to reach their potential. p. 131

Questions to qualify your inner circle:

  1. Do they have high influence on others?
  2. Do they bring a complementary gift to the table?
    1. But one of the best things I have done in my leadership career is to bring a few key people into my inner circle who possess strengths in my areas of weakness.
  3. Do they hold a strategic position in the organization?
  4. Do they add value to me and to the organization?
    1. They should have a proven track record as assets to the organization.
  5. Do they positively impact other inner circle members?
  6. Do they display excellence, maturity, and good character in everything they do?

In fact, in most cases you will also need to develop them before they are ready to take their place in that circle. p. 135

Once you’ve reached your capacity in time and energy, the only way you can increase your impact is through others. Every person in my inner circle is a high performer and either extends my influence beyond my reach or helps me to grow and become a better leader. p. 135

If you want to increase your capacity and maximize your potential as a leader, your first step is always to become the best leader you can. The next is to surround yourself with the best leaders you can find. Never forget that a leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him. That’s the Law of the Inner Circle. That’s the only way you can reach the highest level possible. p. 137


  1. Do you know who your inner circle members are? They are the people you seek out for advice, turn to for support, and rely on to help you get things done.
  • Tai Cornute
  • Jonathon Stone
  • Walter Levert
  • Ani Mwalimu
  • Todd Suddeth
  • Garey Berry
  • Ernest Levert Sr
  • Chantale Levert
  • Joe Amos
  • Chigo Ekeke
  • David Swoope
  • Traviss Alexander
  • Jibril Alim

2. Effective leaders are continually developing current and future inner circle members.

  • They spend extra time with them strategically to mentor them and to develop relationships
  • They give them extra responsibility and place higher expectations on them.
  • They give them more credit when things go well and hold them accountable when they don’t.

About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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