Basic Rules for a Mastermind

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As with any group you have to have rules. The rules are not a means of keeping the members of the mastermind from reaching their potential but actually meant for them to grow. This helps people know where they can and can’t go as a group.

Here are some good rules to have in your mastermind agreement.

Who can attend the group.

This rule keeps just anybody from attending your mastermind meetings. If this rule isn’t in place, you may have someone who sends their assistant to take notes. I know the chances of this are rare at best but I would take it that the speaker of this video has had people do this before.

The big problems with this is, with a stranger showing up to a mastermind meeting, it disrupts the confidentiality of that meeting. This is where the group should be able to meet and talk in full confidence that what is said doesn’t leave the group.


What happens in Mastermind stays in mastermind unless agreed upon by the whole group. This is for people to be able to feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts and aspirations.

Many times these are very personal and often guarded. don’t ever violate a person’s trust just because you didn’t think it would matter. If you are going to share anything that way said or did in a group ask for permission. If there is any objection by anybody then you drop it

Attendance and participation

Everybody has to attend. Set up a number of allowed absences before they are dropped by the group. Yeah, it may sound a bit harsh but these people are there to help you as they are depending on your help.

If you are bailing all the time then you really are not fully up to speed. Then people are trying to remember if you were there for a meeting when this or that was exposed. It is too much of a headache for the rest of the members if you don’t show up when needed

Unbiased constructive feed back

Be ready to have criticism on an idea from time to time. When it happens don’t take it personally. They are saying that for the purpose of helping you. If you are that emotionally immature and get butt hurt because somebody isn’t agreeing with you, then you have other problems you need help with.

So take the criticism and thoughts and take them to heart. If you listen and properly weigh them against the rest of your actions you will grow in ways you never thought possible.

No Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest damages so much trust that it is better if you excuse yourself from the group while a conflicting topic is being talked about. More often than not this won’t be an issue but if the need is it is good to have the rule in place.


This is one reason why Masterminds are also called accountability groups. Be prepared to be held accountable for not reaching your set goal. If you can’t make the goal you will have to explain why. Then you will need to be ready to be called out if the group doesn’t buy your excuse

So do you have these rules in place for your mastermind? Do you have other rules you think are necessary? If so what are they? Share in the comments section below.

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About Bryan Goodwin

I like being able to help people find their "why" and achieve the personal freedom they desire. Besides writing for Relaxed Male I also am a life coach. By helping men find the leader that is found in each and every one of us. I do this by encouraging men to get outdoors and find the balance they are missing. Realize that they need to be in contact with the outside as often as they can. It is not only good for them but for their families and relationships.

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