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Leaders help leaders focus on big issues

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MLK memorial

How did Martin Luther King Jr.—and others great leaders, past and present—help the co-founder of Honest Tea?

Seth Goldman found he had no sounding board. He trusted his wife but didn’t want to vent.

His company board wasn’t the ideal venue for questions or worries, either.

When the Aspen Institute chose him for a leadership program, Goldman found the outlet he needed.

Here’s what he did—and what you can re-create:

Meet with your peers. In his case, 20 promising executives.

Read and discuss important questions. His group chose Aristotle, John Stuart Mill and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among others, but you can use any  worthwhile material.

Switch your vantage point. Although he faces different issues, Goldman learns from Fortune 500 executives.

Keep the network going. Goldman’s peers have helped one another through personal and professional crises.

— Adapted from “When Leaders Need Friends,” Seth Goldman, On Leadership, The Washington Post, views.washingtonpost.com/leadership. (Photo of MLK Memorial by Antoinette Kelly, copyright 2011.)

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