This Week’s Focus Point
By Dr. Jason Carthen
Do not paint yourself into a “proverbial corner” when it comes to life and business. The greatest path to your success lies in leading authentically, and being so tuned into your own strengths and shortcomings that you adjust your leadership style to maximize your impact on a daily business. As a entrepreneur, I think about my goals and objectives daily and create a strategy map to accomplish both short-term and long-term goals. However, as I work with individuals and organizations, I have found this method frequently bumps into natural barriers we embrace and place upon ourselves.
Be Proactive, instead of Reactionary
For example, most individuals do not choose to habitually think about what is required of them on a daily basis, instead they sometimes rely upon happenstance or reminders of upcoming goals and tasks for completion. This tends to make them reactionary rather than proactive, and in some cases, unreliable to their followers. It also limits their ability to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to goal achievement. When someone is authentic with themselves, they have become keenly aware of their own shortcomings and actively work toward strengthening any gaps in their abilities.
Always Maintain Transparency
Furthermore, I have found that followers react more positively to leaders that are authentic and tend to exhibit a greater frequency of “work effort” when they have a better understanding of who the leader is because of transparency. When followers are bought into the organization’s goals and objectives, they simply work harder, work more diligently, and work with more resolve. This type of effort moves them beyond normal status quo productivity and pushes them beyond normal supply and demand.
We Should Remain Authentic to Ourselves
During a recent Harvard research study, it was reported that entrepreneurs fall short of maximizing their efforts because they lack the ability to manage themselves while leading others. The article was poignant to me because this is the very thing that I witness when I initially sit down and begin the needs assessment process with those who want to improve while working with our team. At the end of the day, we must remain authentic first to ourselves before we can ask our followers to be authentic with us.
How are you tapping into your authenticity on a daily basis?