Leading Authentically: How to Show Up as Your True Self

As a woman leader, it's easy to get caught up in the expectations of others and lose sight of who you truly are.

However, authenticity is key to building trust, inspiring others, and achieving success. Here are some strategies for showing up as your true self as a leader:

Know Yourself

The first step to leading authentically is knowing yourself. Take time to reflect on your values, strengths, and weaknesses. Consider taking a personality assessment (CliftonStrengths is my favorite!) or working with a coach to gain further insight into your leadership style.

Embrace Your Unique Perspective

Everyone brings their own unique perspective and experiences to the table. Embrace what makes you different and use it to your advantage in leadership roles. Your unique perspective may be just what’s needed to solve a difficult problem or inspire others.

Practice Active Listening

Active listening is essential for authentic leadership. It involves not only hearing what someone is saying; it also requires understanding their perspective and emotions behind the words. This allows you to respond in an authentic way that meets their needs.

Lead with Empathy

Empathy is another important trait of authentic leaders. It involves putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and understanding their feelings and needs. This helps build trust, strengthen relationships, and create a positive work environment.

Take Risks

Authentic leaders aren’t afraid to take risks and try new things. This includes being willing to make mistakes or fail along the way. Taking calculated risks shows that you’re confident in yourself and your abilities.

Stay True to Your Values

Finally, staying true to your values is essential for leading authentically. Don’t compromise on what matters most to you just because it’s easier or more popular with others. Staying true to your values will earn respect from those around you and help you stay grounded as a leader.

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If showing up authentically seems daunting to you, I welcome the opportunity to help you reach your full potential as your authentic self. Click here and pick a time for us to talk.

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