Authenticity is about being real with oneself and others. It is a very compelling and attractive way to get traction because it sets the tone for others being themselves at their very best. Although easier said than done, leadership authenticity is more likely when we:
Directly and freshly experience the context or environment that we have helped to create,
seek feedback and suggestions for improvement, and not least of all, commit to our own development as leaders.
When “doing more with less” is the way we do things around here, tempers can become frayed. Interpersonal conflict between direct reports may be a frequent outcome. Knowing when and how to input as a leader to resolve conflict is easier said than done. In this blog, we give guidelines on negotiating this mine field.
Unity is always there, we just need to uncover it. Getting people to contribute in a safe environment is a good start. Another platform is to get them to talk about who they are and what really matters to them. When we do these things first, we uncover Unity. As a result we come up with sustainable solutions so much more efficiently.
Whether you like it or not, you have a Personal Brand, since by definition it is others’ total experience of you. Great leaders have great Personal Brands. Growing our Personal Brand takes time. The little things are the big things. Involving key stakeholders helps grow our Brand because they can be our best advocates for who we are. Personal Brands take time to craft and are readily dis-membered through inconsistencies between what we ‘say’ and what we ‘do.’
‘Being mindful’ is increasingly recognised as a tool for leaders becoming focused to make the right decisions. Here are some simple exercises which you can try out for enhanced and focused performance.