Trusting your own voice and intuition and acting on those instincts is being authentic. For so many leaders trusting their own needs, values, instincts and not what others think or feel like you should be doing is not easy. As new leaders it is easy to take other people's words, actions, ways of being in the world as our own but it comes with a cost - not being real and true to what is important to you. As a result you can spend years or even more wasting energy and time supporting others, believing their value system as your own blindly and not taking the risks to become your own wise and authentic self.
Real leadership requires boldness, risk taking, breaking out of old patterns of needing to show up as others think you should be. Authenticity requires you to look inside of yourself and truly inquire about what is important to you, why, and how you can take steps to truly live those values and true self out in the world. Real leadership requires you to step out of the box of other people's shadows and once and for all take charge of your own path through wisely opening up to listening to who you are, what is important to you and making it happen. There is no other you in the world - use your unique strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals to live your true life out in the world!
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.