There are myriad habits to adopt and steps to follow to become a better leader, and while I like these lists and try and adhere to many of their suggestions, sometimes it’s necessary to go back to the basics and review what being an authentic leader should really look like.
Peter Himmelman, Forbes contributor, recently listed “four pathways to authentic leadership.” These four paths are meant to help refocus leaders on true leadership. The list includes:
- Honesty. “Authentic leadership insists that we don’t distort reality,” Himmelman writes. He adds that a big part of honesty is readily admitting when we’re wrong.
- Empathy. We must care for the well-being of others more than ourselves, which Himmelman writes, requires “a rewiring of our brains, a retraining of our minds and habits.”
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