Leading authentically

“No one can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else. You can learn from others’ experiences, but there is no way you can be successful when you are trying to be like them. People trust you when you are genuine and authentic, not a replica of someone else.” Discovering Your Authentic Leadership. Harvard Business Review, February 2007.

I am always heartened when I review the literature on authentic leadership. It is reaffirming to remind myself that successful leaders can “be themselves.” It is also daunting because it highlights the importance of clarifying and challenging my deeply held values and expectations of myself!

During the month of April we will be focusing on Authentic Leadership: what it means, why it is important in today’s ever-changing work environment and how to “discover your own authentic leadership.”

Striving to be an authentic leader requires work and constant attention, yet it is also energizing to clarify why we do what we do and how we can do it better. This month each of us will have the opportunity to focus on our own:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Transparency in relationships
  3. Balanced and fair interactions
  4. Purpose for actions

Leading with authenticity allows us to bring out the best in ourselves and in the people we lead.

As Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself.  Everyone else is taken.”

Todd Thorsgaard


One response to “Leading authentically

  1. Great post. Individuality is so important. “Failing in originality is much better than succeeding in imitation.” I also love that Oscar Wilde quote!


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