Being an Authentic Leader

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Paul Jaeger
Authentic Leader
Application Two
MBA 605
[“No One can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else, you can learn from others, but you will never be a success trying to be like them…..the way to success is to be a true form of yourself!”]| |

“If scholars had produced a cookie-cutter leadership style, individuals would be forever trying to imitate it. They would make themselves into personae, not people, and others would see through them immediately” Pg. 163

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership, HBR’s 10’ must reads, On leadership. By Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. Mclean, and Diana Mayer“ People trust you when you are genuine and authentic. Being a replica of something or someone else is not being "authentic" or in other words "being yourself". Why is it so important to be yourself?”(George, Sims, Mclean, and Mayer 163)| “All of us have the spark of a leadership in us, whether it is in business, in government, or in the non-for-profit sector. The challenges are to understand ourselves well enough to discover where we can use our leadership gifts to serve others. " (165)“Discovery authentic leadership requires a commitment to developing yourself.” (165)You must devote yourself to a lifetime of commitment and dedication in developing yourself. First and most important, we find all of our authentic leaders that were interviewed have drawn upon lessons that they have learned throughout their lives. A true authentic leader frames his or her life stories in ways that allows them to see themselves not passive observers of their lives but rather as individuals who can develop self-awareness from their experiences. Authentic leaders act on that awareness by practicing their values and principles. They are careful to balance their motivations so that they are driven by their inner values as much as by a desire for external rewards or recognition as well. (165)| | Learning from your life story| The journey to authentic leadership begins with understanding the story of your life. Your life story provides the context of your experiences, and through it, you can find the inspiration to make an impact in the world. The novelist John Barth once wrote, “the story of your life is not your life, it's your story." In other words, your personal narrative matters. Your life narrative is a recording that plays over and over in your head, reminding you where you came from, who you are, what you stand for, what you have seen, what brings you to tears, etc. Almost every leader that was interviewed relates to their motivation coming mostly from a difficult experience in their life. Anything and everything from loss of employment, life, property, loved ones passing, personal illness, discrimination, rejection by their peers and etc. Rather than seeing themselves as victims, these leaders have molded and sculpted this hard cold clay that life has given them, into something beautiful. (165-166)| | The Steps in building your authentic you…| Overcoming denial and excepting feedback (constructive criticism)Practicing your values and principlesBuilding your support teamInterrogating your life by staying groundedEmpowering people to lead| | Knowing your authentic self: (Self-Awareness) Without having a true awareness of yourself and who you are, what you want, where you want to go, you will never fully be successful in life. How could a ship in the large sea find their way home? They need a map and compass, a sense of direction, a set path. What drives you? Money, cars, boats, houses, fame, power, all of these external worldly wants and achievements? As you age you will find something that is missing. Knowing your authentic self requires the courage and honesty to open up and examine your experiences, weaknesses, strengths and emotions. Only then you will find that what you feel is missing.| Steps:| 1stOvercoming...
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