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What is authentic leadership?

leadership Oct 29, 2018

Society has phrases like “Be yourself”. “Stick to your roots”. “Don’t forget where you came from”.

Have you ever stopped to think about who you really are? Where is this thing you call the self? Maybe this thing self doesn’t exist, it’s merely you clinging to an identity built up of stories about the past. 

And this is tricky because this identity is wrapped up in your gifts and talents, everything that's gotten you to where you are today. 

To succeed exponentially in life and business you have to be willing to change who you are, to constantly evolve. This is impossible when you cling to your identity and believe you are the way you are. You have to slaughter your self-image.

Two ideas...

1. Instead of answering the question “Who am I?” Try answering the question “Who am I becoming”

2. Practice being fully present to what is, without judgment. This is about being radically present even as you observe what is unfolding with your teams and clients in real-time, calling on your past expertise and wisdom. It means serving as a caring witness and accepting what is true for those you serve before attempting to make changes. At this place, they can do the same for themselves.

Leadership isn't about getting people to say yes to you. It's about getting them to say yes to themselves. 


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