When I think of inner circles, I know what makes the good ones work. I also understand why the not-so-good ones fail. All members of an inner circle must trust each other to the extent that they will accept and follow any other as their leader.
The different problems that people and organizations invariably encounter will require someone who can lead the group or organization in resolving a specific situation. It is not always the leader of the leaders who has the necessary experience and ability to take on and fix the problem or issue. Here, the value of the inner circle comes to the fore.
A member of the inner circle who has prior experience dealing with the issue at hand then becomes the leader of leaders. They wear the crown, take power, and lead in resolving the problem. Most importantly, the rest of the inner circle members are in full support. This includes the actual leader of leaders who temporarily becomes a working member of the inner circle.
That is why I write about “trust.” After all, what is any relationship without trust? The lack of trust is why most Inner circles do not function as intended. People are too often jealous and envious of those they work with and even those they live with. This lies at the root of the problems between them. And if power and control are in the mix, it likely plays a large part in making for difficulty in those interactions also. Trust is one of the keys to any successful relationship.