Try to LEAD like someone else. Try to BE like someone else and you will fail. You would just be a bad imitation of who you are imitating. People do not follow or engage with people who are not real.
What does it take to be real, genuine and authentic?
It takes sincerity, honesty, integrity, consistency and character.
Why is authenticity so misunderstood?
Many believe that authenticity is an intrinsic and instinctive quality. In fact authenticity is a quality that others must attribute and ascribe to you.
No person, can look in the mirror and say to themselves; I am authentic!
A person cannot be authentic on their own. Authenticity is largely defined by what other people see and say about you.
So how can you embody being an authentic?
- make sure your words are consistent with your deeds
- embody your values and beliefs
- practice what you preach
- Be YOU.
- The real YOU.
- The Real DEAL.
Lead From Within: If you are a leader who is playing a role and pretending to be a leader -your followers, the people around you. will feel- see- hear- know the deception.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.