Once you are truly centered within (e.g. - self-confident, understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and open to change) and are voicing that true self to others, then you are wisely leading from an authentic place. Authenticity takes a lot of inner work - resolve to know who you are, willingness to receive feedback and adjust how you are showing up in order to create healthy relationships, and letting others be who they are as well (e.g. - accepting who they are for their strengths and weaknesses too). It is not just opening up and showing who you are but in unhealthy, toxic or un-nice ways.
As an authentic leader we show strength, knowledge, and integrity. As an authentic leader we are honest to who we are but we also show empathy and concern for the welfare of others. Authenticity is not just sticking to our bad behaviors, but being willing to look at ourselves when things are not working well (e.g. - getting bad feedback from others) and learning how to adjust and be better. As we often say about leadership - "be yourself, but with more skill."
How can you show up more authentically at work? What areas do you need to get some feedback on and adjust in order to be even a better version of yourself? How can you make those adjustments?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.