If you are a manager, team leader or business owner there is one facet of your character that must stand out to those you lead and that is “authenticity.”
Your people want to know who you really are. Many times when a person is put into a position of “leadership” they feel they must act the part (whatever that means to them). It’s not long before their people realize that they are not being authentic and this is where problems will begin.
In the book The Go-Giver The authors teach the “Law of Authenticity.” The following is an excerpt from the chapter.
“As long as you’re trying to be someone else, or putting on some act or behavior someone else taught you, you have no possibility of truly reaching people. The most valuable thing you have to give people is yourself.”
Here are a couple of tips to practice in being authentic.
- Realize no one is perfect, be yourself.
- Be present when you are with others.
- State your values and then live them out loud. “Walk the talk.”
- Be aware when you are not being authentic and change it quickly.
Being authentic is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to those with whom you encounter, live and work with.
“I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.” –-Charles R. Swindoll