The Real You is a Great Leader – Honest!

What would your organization be like if everyone were more personally engaged? How would the atmosphere in the office change? Would there be more laughter? What impact would that have on customer satisfaction? What could you accomplish?

Have you ever put on “the happy face” for your team and sheltered them from things that are not going right? You spilled coffee on your pants on the way to work, the investors are clamoring for growth you just can’t envision, or you’re concerned about production issues? As a strong leader, it’s understandable to feel that you always need to highlight the positive and to hide the obstacles to keep a motivated team. But this not only takes its toll on you, but also the others in the company, your family, and friends. They’re always more perceptive than you may think.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of Wisdom.”

Let the you shine through, authentically, with bumps and bruises showing. Your company or team is looking for a true leader, an honest one who shares the good news and the bad news, mistakes, and victories because you are all in the same boat. This is a true form of respect and yields amazing results. This is a more effective and real way to approach obstacles to turn them into opportunities. It’s your choice and all about attitude.

You can do this with three simple strategies.

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