Make it a priority to find a place where you can be with those who care about you. Then relax, be listened to, and say what you are really thinking in safety. This is important to your mental and spiritual health. It`s also important to your organization, your family, and your community.
Actual friends may or may not be associated with what you do for a living. You may or may not be related to them. Many of them you`ve known all your lives, others, for a short time.
These friends are there for some very good reasons, not the least of which is to remind us of who we are. Forces of nature have put them in our lives to ground us and to keep us human.
What makes actual friends important for a leader? They:
?· can be trusted to tell us what they think ?€“ and they`ll say it without filters
?· will say what needs to be said with kindness
?· will be there and will pitch in when we ask
?· have no vested interest in pleasing us
?· won`t undermine our efforts
?· don`t want our job
?· won`t talk behind our back
Schedule the time to spend with your actual friends now. Do it often. Accept them as they accept you. Enjoy your humanity.