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authenticity

July 2, 2024

authenticity

welcome back to our series on relational leadership.

a few weeks ago we highlighted the importance of defining the direction of your leadership – this will be unique to you.

in the coming weeks, we’ll elevate a few universal qualities of great relational leaders, starting with AUTHENTICITY.

authenticity

authenticity is about being genuine and true to yourself in all aspects of life.

it’s about embracing your strengths, acknowledging your weaknesses, and showing up as your real self, without pretense or facade.

when you live authentically, you align your actions with your values and beliefs, fostering deeper connections with others, and experience a greater sense of fulfillment within yourself.

this is often easier said than done in a modern world that glorifies perfection and filters reality.

not to mention you are an imperfect human…

nobody is immune from the pressure to conform to societal expectations or portray a more idealized version of themselves.

true authenticity, however, lies in one’s ability to stand up in the middle of it all by embracing our imperfections and owning our unique stories.

“owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – brene brown

here are a few strategies for cultivating authenticity:

  1. know yourself: take the time to explore your values, passions, and purpose. understanding who you are at your core is mandatory for living authentically.
  2. practice mindfulness: stay present in the moment and tune into your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment.
  3. practice self-acceptance: embrace all aspects of yourself, including the parts you may perceive as flaws or weaknesses.
  4. honor your truth: speak your truth with courage and integrity, even if it means being vulnerable. authenticity requires honesty, with yourself and with others.
  5. set boundaries: know your limits and communicate them assertively to others, ensuring that your needs are respected.
  6. connect authentically: cultivate genuine relationships based on mutual respect, trust, and understanding. surround yourself with people who accept you for who you are and encourage your authenticity.

ACTION ITEM: this week, commit to one of the strategies listed above using a SMART goal.

once you’ve identified a goal consider what barriers you may face in achieving it? what resources can you apply to overcome the barriers? and how will you celebrate your achievement?

remember, authenticity is not a destination but a continuous process of self-discovery and growth.

next week we’ll delve into another quality of exceptional relational leadership: HUMILITY

stay true,

donald

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