10 Things Authentic Leaders Do

Each of us is a leader in our own unique way.  It can be in our family, community, organization, nation, or in worldwide innovation.  I believe we’re destined for more than we can imagine.  “There is a space for you in the world with your name on it . . . and your part is the lead part.  No matter who you are, it’s the lead.  Because only you can play it, and without you it doesn’t happen.” ~ Flo Aeveia Magdalena, author of I Remember Union

Robin Sharma, one of the world’s top experts on leadership and personal development identifies the 10 Things Authentic Leaders Do. Before you begin reading the list, take a few moments to ponder Robin’s questions and develop a deeper understanding of your inner-workings.

What would your life look like if you had absolutely no fear? What kinds of things would you do if you lived from a frame of reference that your thoughts literally could form your world? How brightly would your light shine if you stepped out of the limitations that are keeping you small and stretched yourself well past your comfort zone into the place that you know, deep within, you are meant to be? Authentic leadership is all about being the person you know in your heart you have always been destined to be. Authentic leadership does not come from your title or from the size of your paycheck. Instead, this form of leadership comes from your being and the person that you are.

Here are 10 things that authentic leaders do on a regular basis:

  1. They speak their truth. In business today, we frequently ‘swallow our truth’. We say things to please others and to look good in front of The Crowd. Authentic leaders are different. They consistently talk truth. They would never betray themselves by using words that are not aligned with who they are. This does not give anyone a license to say things that are hurtful to people. Speaking truth is simply about being clear, being honest and being authentic.
  2. They lead from the heart. Business is about people. Leadership is about people. The best leaders wear their hearts on their sleeves and are not afraid to show their vulnerability. They genuinely care about other people and spend their days developing the people around them. They are like the sun: the sun gives away all it has to the plants and the trees. But in return, the plants and the trees always grow toward the sun.
  3. They have rich moral fiber. Who you are speaks far more loudly than anything you could ever say. Strength of character is true power – and people can feel it a mile away. Authentic leaders work on their character. They walk their talk and are aligned with their core values. They are noble and good. And in doing so, people trust, respect and listen to them.
  4. They are courageous. It takes a lot of courage to go against the crowd. It takes a lot of courage to be a visionary. It takes a lot of inner strength to do what you think is right even though it may not be easy. We live in a world where so many people walk the path of least resistance. Authentic leadership is all about taking the road less traveled and doing, not what is easy, but what is right.
  5. They build teams and create communities. One of the primary things that people are looking for in their work experience is a sense of community. In the old days, we got our community from where we lived. We would have block parties and street picnics. In the new age of work, employees seek their sense of community and connection from the workplace. Authentic leaders create workplaces that foster human linkages and lasting friendships.
  6. They deepen themselves. The job of the leader is to go deep. Authentic leaders know themselves intimately. They nurture a strong self-relationship. They know their weaknesses and play to their strengths. And they always spend a lot of time transcending their fears.
  7. They are dreamers. Einstein said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It is from our imaginations that great things are born. Authentic leaders dare to dream impossible dreams. They see what everyone else sees and then dream up new possibilities. They spend a lot of time with their eyes closed creating blueprints and fantasies that lead to better products, better services, better workplaces and deeper value. How often do you close your eyes and dream?
  8. They care for themselves. Taking care of your physical dimension is a sign of self-respect. You can’t do great things at work if you don’t feel good. Authentic leaders eat well, exercise and care for the temples that are their bodies. They spend time in nature, drink plenty of water and get regular massages so that, physically, they are operating at planet-class levels of performance.
  9. They commit to excellence rather than perfection. No human being is perfect. Every single one of us is a work in progress. Authentic leaders commit themselves to excellence in everything that they do. They are constantly pushing the envelope and raising their standards. They do not seek perfection and have the wisdom to know the difference. What would your life look like if you raised your standards well beyond what anyone could ever imagine of you?
  10. They leave a legacy. To live in the hearts of the people around you is to never die. Success is wonderful but significance is even better. You were made to contribute and to leave a mark on the people around you. In failing to live from this frame of reference, you betray yourself. Authentic leaders are constantly building their legacies by adding deep value to everyone that they deal with and leaving the world a better place in the process.

Robin Sharma, LL.B., LL.M., is one of the world’s top experts on leadership and personal development. The author of ten major international bestsellers including The Greatness Guide Series, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Robin is the CEO of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a global training firm with a simple mission: to help people Lead Without Title. Profiled regularly on leading international media such as CNN and MSNBC, clients include GE, Nike, FedEx, NASA, Unilever, Microsoft, BP, IBM, The Harvard School of Business and Yale University. His website http://www.robinsharma.com is one of the most popular leadership and personal development destinations on the Internet.

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MaryAnn D’Ambrosio’s passion is to work with individuals and groups who are ready to “leap” and experience a more vibrant on-purpose life.  MaryAnn teaches corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals how to access the language of creation by tuning into inner wisdom and lining up the energy to create their heart’s desire.  If you’ve been merely surviving instead of thriving be sure to pick-up your F*R*E*E Overcome Overwhelm Toolkit at:  LeapWithoutLimits.com

Comments

  1. I think there is a concept called purity of spirit and we need leaders with purpose, passion and commitment,
    One challenge I think is that it works with large businesses but leaders come from many places and times. Personal leadership and responsibility are equally important if not more important

    • MaryAnn D'Ambrosio says:

      Roberta,
      I believe everyone is a leader – and it doesn’t have to be in a boardroom. Being a leader in your own life first (walk your talk and follow-through with commitments) is the foundational step to greater things!

      All the best,
      MaryAnn

  2. When I was first promoted to a position of leadership, I sat down and listed the qualities that all the good leaders in my life had. From that list I created a Code of Honor. I still use this code of honor and the first three parts of the code have been made central points of my personal code of ethics. Looking at this list, I unintentionally (or perhaps more aptly, unconsciously) do some of them because I have so ingrained #1 and #3 into my being that the others come along.

    That being said, there are things here I could stand to do much better. Thank you for posting this and giving me something to reflect on!

    • MaryAnn D'Ambrosio says:

      Tonja,
      Thanks so much for sharing what can be a great “new” leadership practice. I just LOVE your idea of creating a “Code Of Honor” and linking it to personal code of ethics.
      Glad this post has given you leadership qualities to reflect on!

      All the best,
      MaryAnn

  3. Absolutely LOVE this article! I am a firm believer in authentic leadership and strive for that coveted title. Thank you for reminding me that I’m on the right track.

    • MaryAnn D'Ambrosio says:

      You are very welcome, PeggyLee.

      EnJOY,
      MaryAnn

  4. MaryAnn this was a great post. I love Robin Sharma and his philosophies have helped shaped my business so much. Your 10 points really reminded me what to focus on becoming great at as a business leader
    !

    • MaryAnn D'Ambrosio says:

      Natasha, Thanks for stopping by. I’m with you on Robin Sharma – his philosophies help shape business and personal transformation!

      All the best,
      MaryAnn

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