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Authenticity and Leadership

May 14, 2016

What I was thinking around Christmas 2012. And still do…

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

20160117_104340-2_resized 4What do you think of when you hear the word authentic?   Perhaps words such as “original,””unique,” or “for real” come to mind.   People value authenticity.  There are two things you can do to be an authentic leader:

1. Talk about what you know rather than proclaiming or arguing about what you don’t know.   Authenticity comes from true knowledge, not borrowed information.  Many people mindlessly embrace ideologies without weighing those “ideas” against their true experiences.  This includes political, religious, social, organizational and leadership thinking.  By all means, welcome new information, continue to learn and gain wisdom – but talk about what you do  know rather than what you don’t.

2. Express real emotions rather than trying to show false emotions.  Authenticity is anchored in the heart – in your feelings.  Practice empathy.  When you see the world through someone else’s eyes, or have walked in their shoes and have important shared experiences  you’re able to express empathy.

Talking about what you know in your mind and doing what you feel…

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