Being authentic is about having the guts to define your own version of what it is to live a successful life. We are naturally wired to tell the truth. Not doing so causes stress; hence lie detectors actually measure stress. So accept who you really are, don’t ignore your emotions and slow down. Take a break and care for yourself.
A lot of leaders achieve great success but are not fulfilled. The reason for this is because they are not authentic. They try to hide the truth about themselves and try to suppress parts of who they are.
Leaders who are authentic create huge benefits for themselves, those they lead, and their organizations overall. They build authentic connections by being vulnerable — knowing this is essential for their overall well-being. This creates trust, drives innovation, builds great customer experiences, and inspires engagement in their organizations.
Personal Power It is not a force and is not a positional power. It is the power that results from the authentic and genuine presencing of the emerging self in the moment. Personal power manifests itself when you become authentic. Its principles are:
- Integrity (Walk the talk)
- Be on the outside what you are on the inside
- Be Genuine
- Be Real, Sincere, Honest and Trustworthy
- Be True to your Values, Personality, Spirit and Character even when under pressure