Discovering Your Authentic Leadership
By Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. McLean, and Diana Mayer In search for an answer to “How can people become and remain authentic leaders?” a team of scholars interviewed 125 leaders from different races, ages, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds and nationalities. Half of the people interviewed were CEO’s and the rest were from non-profits, young leaders. Researchers produced 3,000 pages of transcripts. After analyzing the transcripts they concluded that leaders that they interviewed “did not identify any universal characteristics, traits, skills, or styles that led to their success. Rather their leadership emerged from their life stories”. In an afford to outline lessons from their interviews to describe how people become authentic leaders, authors highlighted some of the personal experiences of the people that they interviewed. First lesson is learn from your life story. As a authentic leader you need to start with understanding the story of your life. Your life story gives you experience, inspiration to make a difference not in your work place but also gives you a chance to make a positive impact in the world. The second lesson is self awareness. Knowing their authentic beings, identifying their “blind spots”, the courage of examining their experiences helps them succeed. Practicing your values and principles is also important. Having a strong base of values that has been tested in real life will help you to lead. Standing up against actions that is morally unacceptable and unethical. Having a balance in your life is a key element when it comes to leadership. In the material world that we live, often success is described with what you possess. But understanding where you find happiness and fulfillment in your life not only makes you a happier person but also a better leader. Any significant success requires a team work. No leaders can success on their own. In order to achieve successful leadership of any team,...
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