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Born and raised in the South, I’m allowed to say this…Southerners are notorious for saying one thing but meaning another, mostly to protect others’ feelings. We’re taught to be prim and proper and act with decorum at all times, because this is what is expected of us.
Many times we see this same type of behavior from leaders. They act in a certain way, because they inherently believe that this type of “pretend” behavior is what is expected of a leader.
But most of these leaders find themselves unsuccessful. Why? Because their teams are not given line of sight into who they really are. They are not focused on honesty, which is the basis for solid team relationships. And the research tells us that, “simply put, people will not follow a leader they feel is unauthentic” (“Creating the Best Workplace on Earth,” Harvard Business Review, May 2013).
So what actually is an authentic leader? This Forbes article provides us with four ways to be an authentic leader. Review it and let us know how authentic you are.