5 Ways to Lead More Authentically by Karin Hurt at letsgrowleaders.com on 21 July 2014.

This is a great quick read about being an authentic leader. It provides several occasions on which you may have been “less than authentic,” yet highlights the need for being more consistent. This article is a quick read, so I’ll let you go to the source article for an expansion on the key themes below:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Be yourself
  3. Say what’s true
  4. Commit to the cause
  5. Connect with others

The first two points are self-evident, although it can be difficult at times – I tend to adapt myself to suit the occasion, but most times it is consistent with whom I am as a person. Telling the truth can be very difficult, but not doing so will lead to the erosion of trust and thus your ability to lead. Finally, connecting with others is a key difference between managing and leading (“you manage things; you lead people” ~ Grace Murray Hopper)

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