“One of the keys, if not the most important one, to building successful relationships is your ability to show a sincere interest—both in the person and things that are important to that person.” —Todd Smith
Leaders’ authenticity is an important but often overlooked attribute of their effectiveness that is closely linked to their integrity. Authentic leaders show on the outside what they are thinking and feeling on the inside. They are regarded as genuine or sincere rather than playing a role or reading from a script.
Leaders’ authenticity is particular important in forming and maintaining positive professional relationships. And while there are no formulas for becoming a more authentic leader, we can become more genuine by monitoring ourselves in various settings and by setting goals to cultivate this important quality. Todd Smith offers suggestions that can be adapted by school leaders seeking improvement in this area.
Take a moment now to . . .
• assess your authenticity using Todd Smith’s suggestions as a starting point, and
• note in writing an action you will take today to strengthen your authenticity.
“Leading for Results” will be on holiday for the next week, returning on April 12, 2010. I appreciate your readership and hope you find opportunities to savor the pleasures of early springtime.