Welcome to Week 3 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-Kit. My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others.
In last week’s post we discussed how we’re inherently wired for authenticity. Being inauthentic erodes our sense of well-being and leaves us feeling disengaged from ourselves and our workplaces. Are you practicing connecting with your authentic self everyday?
In the book Wired for Authenticity, I describe authentic leadership is an in-the-moment choice of who we’re inspired to be that serves the greatest aliveness within us and others.
Authentic leadership is the full expression of “me” for the benefit of “we”.
This means each of us gets to hold a paradox. I want to be fully expressed as a leader and I want to make a positive impact serving the people around me. Many of us err on either side of “this is who I am, take it or leave it” or “I must conform to other people’s expectations”. The former may be too rigid in a world that is constantly changing. The latter leaves us exhausted and disengaged from ourselves.
To hold this paradox is we have to connect with our authentic selves in the moment. We are calm, centered, and make decisions that feel both in alignment with ourselves and serve the greatest good.
This Week’s Tool:
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What is my dream for myself as a fully expressed, authentic leader in my world? What impact will this have in my relationships? In the workplace?
Think of times you made decisions from your authentic self. What are these? How did you know you were making these decisions from your authentic self?
What did you discover? Join our Authenticity@Work community and post your reflections directly to the blog here.