As a leader it is critical, no mandatory, that you possess the ability to infuse courage in others in order to empower them. The two must go hand in hand, empowering must be fueled by courage. Motivation and incentives only go so far if they come from outside ourselves. Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is the capacity to keep moving in spite of your fear. Leaders that are able to inspire in others the ability to "call deep (their) courage" as Dr. Brene' Brown states, empower others from the inside out. This builds resiliency and draws on internal conviction, and is intertwined with character.
In the wake of the leadership void that exists in every area of our society, people are craving leadership that calls them to a mission greater than themselves, and infuses them with the courage to 'take the hill' regardless of the gusts of oppositional wind in their face. Authentic leaders know how to do this because they have walked this road themselves, and that power of a transformed life resonates, and inspires.
Many leaders describe what they do as "authentic," but is it really? To differentiate yourself as a leader today means that your outside matches your inside, that is the true measure of authenticity. It does not matter what context your leadership position is in, business, corporate, organizational, or community -- all leadership contexts require that the leader have an internal conviction regarding their vision.
Without this, the people they 'lead' are not empowered to fulfill the mission and it impacts the culture of the organization so that productivity, and success are limited. People will only follow you if you "get it."
Authenticity cannot be faked, though many in leadership try. If you want people to buy what you are selling, then you need to do the necessary work on yourself, about yourself to drill down what your internal convictions are. Once you clarify these, then you can implement a practical strategy for fleshing that out, and making an impact you were called to make as a leader.
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Every leader faces the challenge of identifying their blind spots in order to strengthen their impact, authenticity, and effectiveness. When leaders disregard self examination, and constructive feedback of others, the stunt the growth of their team.