Hello everyone,

Today, I want to delve into a topic that has been on my mind lately – the profound impact of quality relationships in leadership development. This idea resonates strongly with the core values of Visio Group and our mission to transform work-life in the Caribbean. As a leadership development consultant and social entrepreneur, I firmly believe that success is not a solitary journey but rather a collaborative effort influenced by the people we surround ourselves with.

In my weekly podcast, ‘Mark-Odean: Thinking Out Loud,’ I discussed how you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This holds true for both personal and professional growth. To be successful leaders, we must recognise the significance of managing close relationships and strategically building networks representing our past and future.

To foster transformational leadership, I emphasise three key aspects of cultivating quality relationships:

Surrounding Yourself with Visionaries: Imagine Greater for You

It is essential to seek out individuals who can envision a greater version of ourselves. These people challenge our limiting beliefs and encourage us to explore what’s possible. As leaders, we must continually evolve, grow, and strive for more. Having visionaries in our circle keeps us on the path of continuous improvement and empowers us to become our greatest and highest selves.

Encouraging Achievement through Supportive Networks

While self-motivation is vital, having a supportive network that encourages achievement is equally crucial. These people hold us accountable, pushing us beyond our comfort zones. In a rapidly changing world, we need those who inspire us to stay ahead of the curve, helping us realise our true potential and making the most significant impact on the world.

Sustaining Success with Supportive Allies

As we progress on our leadership journey and achieve success, we must be mindful of the importance of supportive allies. Success can bring about significant changes, and not everyone around us may celebrate our accomplishments. Therefore, it’s crucial to have individuals in our inner circle who support and cheer for us even after we’ve achieved our goals. Their unwavering encouragement will help us sustain success and overcome the challenges that accompany it.

I invite you to reflect on the people you surround yourself with. Are they visionaries who imagine greater for you? Do they encourage your achievements and push you to grow? Are they supportive of your success, even when it surpasses theirs? Intentionally building such relationships can elevate your leadership journey and make a lasting impact on the world.

Thank you for joining me on this learning leadership blog. I look forward to your thoughts and experiences on the power of quality relationships in leadership development.

Until next time,


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