In the last two sessions, we have been talking about the Power of Authenticity. Today, we are wrapping up this discussion with two real life examples of people who used the power of authenticity to expand their influence.
- Authenticity is like water on a fire. Excuses or hiding information is like gasoline.
- Addressing issues head on and being as honest and authentic as possible minimizes controversy or how much other people talk about it. This also allows the leader to gain loyalty with their team.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously.
- When a leader is quick to laugh at their flaws, weaknesses, and mistakes, the people around them feel like they can be real, and own up to their flaws, weaknesses, and mistakes. It creates a culture of authenticity and vulnerability.
Here’s today’s game plan: Think through these two lessons. And then take yourself through these steps:
- Is there anything you have been hiding or covering up that you need to share with your family, friends, or co-workers? If so, have the courage to be real and do it
- Have you made a mistake lately that you is haunting you? If so, own it.
- Take the time to learn from these mistakes, flaws or weaknesses, and then laugh. We all make mistakes.
- Last, share it with your inner circle. These are the people closest to you. Encourage each other in becoming more authentic.