Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The Authentic Leader in YOU

Back from a blog hiatus, I now have so many ideas and thoughts to share with you.  A common theme for my clients at the moment is around authentic leadership - discovering who you are, what you stand for, and how that plays into your own authentic leadership style.

Here's a great little article from the Harvard Business Review:

Discovering Your Authentic Leadership

What I take away most from the article is this:

"Authentic leaders demonstrate a passion for their purpose, practice their values consistently, and lead with their hearts as well as their heads. They establish long-term, meaningful relationships and have the self-disclipline to get results. They know who they are." Bill George

Especially when working in your family business, it's crucial to be true to who you are and be honest about how that aligns with the family business. Who cares? Check out this Globe & Mail article about having the wrong fit with a family member:

Hiring Unqualified Family Members can Spoil the Well

I'm not sure if it's so much about not being qualified as it is about not be an authentic match.

So what is unique to YOU as a leader?

How are you cultivating your core values into how you show up as a person and as a leader?

How aligned are you with your family's business?

Call me at 250.891.4330 or email me at to share your thoughts.

I also have a great little exercise on discovering your core values - as soon as I figure out how to post PDFs I'll include it - in the meantime, just ask me!

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