Lead Authentically

“It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes, skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to suppress their specifically female characteristics and abilities by keeping up the pretense that there are no differences between the sexes.” – Arianna Huffington

For years, society has been dictating what it means to be a good "leader" - strong, powerful, assertive, focused, decisive, fearless. But, after 10 years in HR, observing and supporting hundreds of leaders in the business world, I developed quite a different understanding of what makes a good leader.

The best leaders I know lead from a place of authenticity -

being true to themselves,

their values,

their emotions,

and their instincts.

They thrive by increasing their self-awareness and continually enhancing their personal development.

And while they have surely been inspired by other great leaders, they take those lessons and mold them into learnings that are unique to themselves. 

Great leaders influence others by carving their own path, leading authentically, and most importantly, encouraging others to do the same. 

How can you lead more authentically? What kind of impact would that have on your life and those you influence?