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Are You An Authentic Leader?

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Have you ever taken a good hard look at the way people around you are leading?  Are the male leaders fitting the stereotype of a strong leader you’d want to follow? What about the women leaders? Are the women leaders “owning” their leadership position or are they sending mixed messages?

The problem that often occurs is that men lead like men and women try to lead like men, too. Sadly, when women lead like men, they often forget to use their natural leadership skills.  Each gender has a natural talent that lends itself to authentic leadership.   However, women often ignore this natural talent and try to fit in with the boys and lead like them.

The result:  when women lead like men it is ineffective and harmful to their personal brand.   Going against anything that is your nature and natural talent will come off as fake, disingenuous, dis-jointed and ineffective.  Worse yet, when women lead like men, they often feel exhausted and frustrated.  Imagine, doing something day in and day out that is not in your nature and doesn’t get you positive results.  Who wouldn’t feel exhausted and frustrated?!

The result:  there are not enough quality women leaders and retention rates of of female employees goes down.  The women that do stay in management are often jaded and can’t accept criticism and guidance.

The result: lack of joy and lack of any kind of consistent, positive personal brand.

If you are a woman leader or aspiring woman leader, stop and ask yourself what are your natural gifts?  Odds are you’ll discover that you have a natural ease and grace to bring to relationships- including those in the workplace.  So as a woman, are you leading using your natural abilities?  Does it feel right or does leading feel like a drain and “hard” work?  If so, then you are trying going against your nature and likely trying to blend in with the boys and lead like them.

Men have their own natural gifts to bring to leadership.   Therefore, each sex should be leading based on their own gender and style, and not anyone else’s.  Otherwise, the world is getting robbed of two distinct, authentic and effective styles of leadership.

Solution?  Click HERE to learn about our upcoming leadership series for women in the 21st century.

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