How Circles Work
Circles are small peer groups that meet regularly to learn and share together. Studies show we achieve more in groups than we do as individuals. A Circle can be a monthly roundtable at your house, a regular brown-bag lunch or even a virtual meet-up.
Commit to open, honest communication and confidentiality.
Select 8 to 12 peers at similar stages in their lives to get the most out of your Circle.
We provide everything you need: agendas, discussion guides, free online lectures and more.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
You have two choices: Start a Circle gives you access to all the materials you need to run your Circle and our growing Circle Hub, a resource center where you’ll find articles, expert advice and exclusive content. Find a Circle makes it easy to join Circles already up and running in your area or team up with other interested individuals to start your own.
How do I select Circle members?
We recommend you select people you’ll feel comfortable discussing tricky issues with; for some people, this may mean not being in a circle with a boss, employee or client. You may want members from the same industry with shared experiences, or prefer people with diverse backgrounds who can offer different points-of-view. Either approach will work, and Circles are coming together in all types of exciting and unexpected ways. We’ve heard from father-daughter Circles, husband and wife Circles, Circles on high school campuses.
What do I need to run my Circle?
Lean In provides Circle Kits with everything you need to run a successful Circle, including agendas, meeting guides and group activities, as well as a growing library of online lectures so you can learn together. Through our partnership with Mightybell, a technology platform created for small groups, we also provide an easy way for you to access our materials, invite peers, schedule meetings and stay in touch. Everything is freely available to you; just pick and choose what makes sense for your Circle.
- How do I get started?
- How do I select Circle members?
- What do I need to run my Circle?
- What is a Circle Moderator?
- What is Mightybell?
- Can Circles meet virtually?
- Do I need to use a specific technology to run my Circle?
- What’s the Circle Hub?
- What is a Lean In leader?
- Why is confidentiality so important in Circles?
- Can you explain the difference between an Education Meeting and an Exploration Meeting?
- Do I have to follow Lean In’s Circle guidelines?