Thursday, May 31, 2012

Be yourself: The issue is authenticity

Effective leadership styles are as unique as fingerprints.  Leadership techniques and tactics that work for one leader don't neccessarily work for another.  If you are a naturally introverted person and you try to imitate the technique of an extroverted, ebullient person it comes off as inauthentic...everybody knows you are faking it.  Lack of authenticity erodes trust and no leader can be effective if their staff don't trust them.

Marcus Buckingham has an interesting new HBR article on this subject and what it means to the development of leaders.  You can find it at this link.  It's worth listening to the 15' audio interview as he explains his point of view.

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