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The Top 3 Traits of Authentic Leaders (And How To Embody Them)

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If you’ve ever wanted to thrive as a strong leader with a commanding presence, then the best way to do it is from a place of authenticity. Authenticity, after all, is the one sure-fire way to demonstrate confidence, certainty, and build trust - in the most natural way possible. I believe this is the one ingredient that is all too commonly missing in leadership these days, and so I’ve come up with this powerful 3-step method, to help you develop unmatched authenticity and achieve stronger, more effective leadership.

Authenticity is the key to being an effective leader. Whilst you may have models you can look up to for inspiration, your ultimate leadership style should come from within. With authenticity comes presence, and if you want people to truly be inspired to follow your lead, then this is the only path for you.

This is the method that I share with my clients to develop their authentic leadership presence – and it works! Even if you aren’t used to doing things this way.

So read on to learn more and you'll be dialed in on how to leverage your authenticity towards leadership success.

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The 3 Step Method

Step 1: Learn More About Yourself

In the words of John C Maxwell: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

It may sound textbook, but you’d be surprised to hear how many of my clients who are new to developing authenticity miss this crucial first step – getting to know yourself. It’s essential when learning how to then lead others. Doesn't it make sense to fully comprehend the full version of yourself – your values, strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities, before then helping others to do the same? This is the first simple step towards authentic leadership, but ironically, the reason why a lot of people fail.

So here are 3 core tips for getting started with discovering yourself on a deeper level:

  1. Take some time for introspection. Try to get an understanding of who you are at your core. What makes you feel alive? What are your values and what is important to you? How can you better improve the lives of those around you?

  2. Once you take the time to ponder the questions above, be confident in what sets you apart. This will help you attain your unique brand of leadership presence that only you will be able to execute. Step into your power and own your unique way of having a positive influence on others.

  3. And that brings us to the most vital concept to discover yourself more deeply: be honest with yourself. Authenticity comes from sharing your true thoughts, emotions, and actions in any given moment. That begins with us being real with ourselves, so we then act naturally with others.

*According to a survey by the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, members reported self-awareness as the most vital skill for leaders to develop. This speaks to how impactful knowing yourself can be in igniting a passion for change in others.

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Step 2: Understand the Needs of Others