Whether this is your first time leading a mastermind or your 20th, setting intentions from the beginning is key to success. When you lead with numbers and data and outcomes, you will spend the entire experience looking for these things.
And while you’re looking for these things, you’ll miss out on authentic connection, the hard questions, the growth, the challenges, the risks, and the rewards that make a mastermind the beautiful tool.
Here are a few things to consider as you examine your heart and intentionally inject humility, acceptance, creativity, flexibility, and grace into your engagements:
Start with humility
The first mistake many mastermind leaders make is going into this experience, thinking they know it all. And let’s be honest – you do know a TON! But the key here is community. People don’t join a mastermind for a monologue; they join for a dialogue. They want to participate in a multifaceted conversation. Leading yours with an open mind and humility will allow for exponential growth both personally and in your business.
Lead without judgment
People think, act, and react differently than you, and that’s ok. Embrace the diversity in your group and listen with an open mind. Create a no-judgment zone where people can feel safe to express their ideas and feelings. Encourage constructive criticism, but step in if/when you feel like ideas or suggestions are being shut down. To create a judgment-free space consider implementing these ideas:
- Don’t take things personally.
- Seek to understand where others are coming from.
- Agree to disagree.
- Stay in a place of humility.
Defer to others
Masterminds thrive on communication and collaboration. Long before the first meeting, ask yourself how you are going to leverage the experiences and expertise of others to elevate the group as a whole. Think about each member of the group and identify their strengths. Defer to them when you have questions and create an engaging environment. This is a group effort centered around personal and professional development, and everyone can learn something from everyone else. Look for these teachable moments.
Check Entitlement At The (Virtual) Door
When it comes to setting expectations, it is important to make sure your expectations don’t turn into entitlement. You will find growth and productivity when you weave flexibility into your expectations.
The group may go exactly as you planned. It may go nothing like you planned. All that matters is that you created a space where people come together to learn and grow. But prepare yourself from the beginning that things may not go as planned. Think about how you will act and feel if the group does not meet your expectations.
Doing The Heart Work
You have the beautiful responsibility for creating a space where people grow, while also balancing different ideas, opinions, and beliefs. Hopefully, you don’t walk away from this mastermind thinking, “Whew! That was easy,” but instead, “Wow. That was a lot of hard work. But it was worth it.”
Before you start making the schedules and the plans, and researching the curriculum, take time for a heart check. Ask yourself the hard questions, and consider what kind of atmosphere you want to create.
Let’s Do This Together
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