Authenticity is Built on Trust
The leaders who impacted me the most, early in my career, led with authenticity. I was open to their influence because the relationship was built on trust and open communication. Now, I am trying to emulate their example and continue to grow in my ability to lead authentically. It makes or breaks the relationships I have with my team, especially the next generation of leaders.
For me, leading with authenticity means that I am a trustworthy and a clear communicator. For instance, I try to give feedback to my team in “real time” to take advantage of teachable moments: to praise and specifically note what they did well and the positive outcome, or to talk about how something could be done differently to achieve a better outcome.
When we lead authentically, our team knows where they stand.
They know how to measure success, and if there are ever times of discipline, it shouldn’t come as a surprise because we’ve been having open dialogue all along.
How important is it for you to be trusted as a leader?
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