It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
– E.E. Cummings
A mindful leader has awakened to his or her true meaning, purpose, and values. Those values probably align with a strong sense of integrity, passion, and people-centric leadership. The authentic leader takes that insight and overtly leads with it.
The people surrounding and working for an authentic leader recognize and witness the values of that leader every day. They know the leader genuinely believes in and lives those values, both at work and at home. This inspires confidence, leading to motivation and performance. Authentic leaders truly lead. They go first into battle, and they focus on the troops. They take risks, and explain the reason for the risks – and the possible consequences. The authentic leader leads with integrity.
Is your leadership style and method overtly aligned with your values and principles? Is your team – and friends and family – reminded of and experience your values with every interaction? Are you unwavering in those principles?