Friday, January 06, 2012

Authentic Leadership

This is an excerpt from a larger article by Michael Hyatt. To read the full article go here.

Let’s take a look at five ways you can be more authentic:

Discover your strengths:
  • Look inside of yourself and identify your strongest threads.
  • Reinforce them with practice and learning.
  • Carve out a role that draws upon your strengths everyday.
  • Recognize that your greatest room for growth is in the areas of your greatest strengths.
Manage your weaknesses:
  • Spend time in identifying your weaknesses.
  • Do not ignore them.
  • Acknowledge that you cannot be talented in all areas.
  • Find ways to manage your weaknesses so you can free up your time to hone your strengths.
Identify your personal values:
  • Rank the following values in order of importance: integrity, patience, honesty, gratitude, humility, forgiveness, compassion, perseverance, spirituality, joy, and discipline.
  • Expand the list by adding other personal values that are important to you.
  • Articulate the importance of each value to your life.
Develop a strong connection between your values and your behavior:
  • Commit yourself to your personal values.
  • Stay the course regardless of obstacles.
  • Find ways to go over, under, or through the obstacles.
  • Do not go around them—instead, overcome them.
  • Remember that your behavior reflects your values.
Build relationships with a diverse group of friends and associates:
  • Create genuine relationships by being authentic.
  • Authenticity builds trust and makes us more compelling and attractive leaders.
  • Be prepared for the adversaries that will be created because you’ve remained true to your values and beliefs.
  • Remember that leadership is not about being popular.
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