As employees and leaders, the people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the best version of ourselves or encourage us to become lessor versions of ourselves. In turn, how we act and communicate will help them either become the best or lessor version of themselves. In some cases, we become like our friends. However, no man or woman becomes great on their own. The people around them help to make them great.
So, as I encourage my clients to do, we all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves. Ultimately, those behaviors are then filtered to others and the people of an organization will thrive on a culture of collaboration, transparency, and communication resulting in future success and growth.