Authenticity creates followers.
As a leader, authenticity increases the likelihood that those we lead will believe us and follow our requests. Becoming an authentic leader is not necessarily easy, but the concept is simple. People can be committed to and passionate about something, but this by itself is not enough. Authenticity is more than when we believe in what we say or act in a way that is consistent with our beliefs. We may stand up and say what we truly believe without being authentic if our actions are self-serving. Sometimes people who lead with strong beliefs can be inauthentic when they always see their way as the right way. During this episode, Janet connects to the foundation of authenticity: self-awareness and offers 6 actions to practice if you want to become an authentic leader.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- What does it really mean to be authentic?
- Why is self-awareness work necessary for authenticity?
- How do self-serving actions negatively impact the team?
Making concepts like "gratitude" and "appreciation" come alive are often met with skepticism by employees. How does a thank you note make a difference? All employees want to work in a place where there is purpose, worthwhile work, and the opportunity to make a difference.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is awareness of your own feelings and those of others, regulating these feelings in yourself and others, using emotions that are appropriate to the situation, self-motivation, and building relationships (Jensen, 2012). Emotional Intelligence is based on the connection between what you see and what you do with yourself and others. What does EQ look like?
In other words, how do you become a truly authentic leader, who can be true to what you believe in throughout your life and be highly successful in the business world, the non-profit world or whatever area of leadership you choose to go into?
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is awareness of your own feelings and those of other and the ability to regulate these feelings. EQ is based on the connection between what you see and what you do with yourself and others. Consider the case scenario below. How might EQ impact your approach and success?