Discovering Your Authentic Leadership

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There have been 1,000 studies in the past 50 years to determine the definitive styles, characteristics, or personality traits of great leaders. A February 2007 Harvard Business Review article highlighted that no one can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else. Young & Rubicam CEO Ann Fudge said, All of us have the spark of leadership in us, whether it is in business, in government, or as a nonprofit volunteer. The challenge is to understand ourselves well enough to discover where we can use our leadership gifts to serve others.Thus, a leader should:

Thus, a leader should:

  • - Have passion for purpose
  • - Practice values consistently
  • - Lead with heart and head Constantly test yourself through real-world experiences
  • - Develop self-awareness from experiences and act on that awareness by practicing values and principles, sometimes at substantial risk to yourself
  • - Drive by inner values as much as by a desire for external rewards or recognition Identify and overcome your blind spots
  • - Avoid materialism by understanding where you find happiness and fulfillment

 

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