Anybody who has been scuba-diving will be familiar with the buddy system. You never dive alone, you always have a diving buddy – somebody who is there to help you and support you should you need it, and to ensure that you are safe. You, in turn, reciprocate.
It can be hard dealing with the changes, challenges and opportunities at work – so why do it alone? A strong leader knows his or her weaknesses and looks for people who are strong in these areas to provide the balance, skills and experience that he or she lacks. Look for people who can help you where you need it, and who you can also help in turn. It is a two-way street, and having a two-way street allows a greater volume of ideas, insights and experiences to be exchanged and better learnings generated. So who is your buddy?
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