Authenticity is a key quality that many leaders strive to achieve. They want to present an authentic version of themselves to their team, clients and stakeholders. I completely understand this need. Who would want to feel like a fraud or pretend to be somebody that they’re not?
When you’re on the journey toward leadership, it’s easy to get caught up in the qualities you “should” have as a leader or how you “should” be leading.
The end of every calendar year is the perfect time to re-evaluate your leadership brand and decide whether it will still support you in your growth journey for the following year.
Many high-achieving business people I talk with, women or men, come up against a similar roadblock in their career when they reach a certain level of seniority. Although they are extremely proud of their achievements and career progression, they feel restricted and frustrated in their position.
A frustrated client of mine, who runs a law firm, had been witnessing over a number of months countless other professionals in law secure high-paying clients without putting much effort into cold calling or asking for referrals.
Many people aspire to be a leader. Some of those people make it. Most don’t. That’s the stark reality when you aim high in your career or business.
Have you ever thought about your reputation in business? Do you think if you keep your head down and produce good work, others will robotically hand you a promotion? If so, how has this approach worked for you so far?