Authentic leadership is an essential theme these days. It’s an inspiring concept because it requires you to know yourself, embrace your strengths and determine how best to apply them.
I’ve learned that one of my strengths is the ability to empathize with others and assume positive intent, particularly in crisis. On one occasion, I was called upon to terminate an employee that was beloved within our work community. The decision to let her go was the right one, but no one wanted to deliver the message, and so it was left to me. In that situation, I stood up, took the challenge, delivered the message with kindness and respect, and also made sure to listen to the perspective of the employee as well. In the end, she thanked me and said, “You are the only one who understands.”
Isn’t it great to know that of the 7.3 billion people on earth, there is only one YOU? When we embrace our uniqueness and bring our full selves to our work, we can use that as fuel to be the change that we want to see in the world. I find it a humbling and exhilarating challenge to know that there are things that can’t or won’t happen unless I participate, offer my voice, or share my unique perspective.
This excellent article inspired me! The writer features the bold moves of Carla Harris, Vice President of Global Wealth management at Morgan Stanley and in so doing captures the essence of many of the leadership principals of the Surge Institute. This type of bold authenticity is what I hope Surge Fellows take with them on their journeys. Although from the corporate sector, the gems Ms. Harris shares apply universally, regardless of industry, because true leaders follow similar principles to reach success. Perhaps this article will inspire you too.