A great philosopher once wrote...
“Be who you are and say what you feel - because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.”
It was actually Dr Seuss! I’ve always thought it’s a great way to live – and lead.
Research shows that the most common regret amongst those about to die is not having been true to themselves. But we do try. We search. Constantly. We adopt clothes, speech patterns, mannerisms, and tattoos even, to help us find our tribes and define our personalities. But really, we know - the answer isn’t out there. It’s in here (TAPS HEART).
What’s missing, is a map.
Psychologist Stephen Joseph offers a three-step plan to being your true authentic self.
“Know yourself” - Know what you can and will do – and the opposite.
“Own yourself” - If mistakes come from the real you, they’re just part of the real you’s journey. If they don’t come from the real you, go back to step 1.
“Be yourself” - Play proudly to your strengths and follow your inner voice.
Authenticity means facing down fear and expressing your true self.
As a leader, there can’t be anything more powerful or empowering than someone who’s transparently, boldly honest. Because why would anyone believe a message, if they don’t believe the messenger.
Remember - life’s good.