What is authenticity?

Authenticity is the key to your leadership values.  Pretending to be something you are not will sabotage your professional image, your credibility, and your efforts to succeed.  Others are good at reading characteristics and behaviors that do not ring true. Being authentic is being genuine, credible, believable, and trustworthy.


Why would you choose to deceive yourself and others?  What causes this conflict of who you are versus who you are not? Do you think leaders should have all the answers?  Do you lack confidence?  Are you fearful that you won’t succeed?  Are you afraid to ask for help? What is holding you back from attracting the positives in your life? Learn more about the traits of leadership.

Rewards of being an authentic leader

Look at the benefits of being authentic.  You are able to connect, attract like-minded individuals, share interests, build relationships, truly help each other, and serve mankind for the greater good.  Leadership requires honesty, humility, self-reflection, confidence, and the perspective to understand all sides.

Steps toward authenticity

Here are six stepping stones toward building authentic leadership:

  1. Acknowledge, feel, and verbally express gratitude:  Increase awareness and note everything for which you are grateful.
  2. Show gratitude to others through simple acts of kindness.
  3. Be aware and own your true feelings.
  4. Admit mistakes.
  5. Connect.  Be vulnerable with others.  Be real.  Be your true self.
  6. Believe in yourself.

Authenticity is the key to extraordinary leadership!


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