LESSONS ON LEADERSHIP AND AUTHENTICITY
Being a leader whether in the corporate or social or political setup requires much more than determination, grit and passion. In today’s blog, we will be looking at certain X factors that all of us can work on for our journey to become leaders, inspirers and influencers.
Accept yourself and use it as a medium of change. Accepting yourself for who you are as a person with warts, imperfections and all is a start. It is a start of a journey of self-discovery and how it can be effectively used by you to bring changes in various domains. Your identity, background, experiences, views and so on are what matters to you. Leaving them aside and adopting a different persona just doesn’t work. You are not being your authentic true self. You are being someone you are not and it won’t get the desired results needed by you in the long run. You should use your identity/background to bring change in society, community or work when you are in a position to do so. Advocacy is a good way to do so. Here are some examples of people becoming vocal ambassadors on topics that reflect their identity: LGBT advocates include talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and singer Miley Cyrus, differently-abled advocates include Alice Wong and Yuval wagner, black rights advocates include singer Aretha Franklin.
Be an advocate for diversity. As someone in the workplace who moves up the rank and in the position of power, with an ability to influence hiring, it’s time to act. Try to ensure that employees/staffers in your department or even your company represent the diversity of your community or country. As a leader, it is your duty and responsibility to ensure that all shades of opinion etc are represented in your workplace. The wider the representation, the greater the quality of ideas/thoughts/solutions, etc that are needed by a company for success. Mr. RS Maan, CEO of Codleo is empathic on the issue of diversity & inclusivity. In enshrined in its core principles, selecting Codleons to represent diverse communities, sexualities, gender and backgrounds is a part of his mission.
Be open to two way mentoring. We have all heard about mentoring (seniors/elders to juniors/youngsters) but have you considered the idea of mentorship from a person younger to you? Well, if you haven’t, then you should. Young people come with new ideas, thoughts, views and solutions that can come as ‘ breath of fresh air ‘. Use the insights & information of young people to do well in work, life and community. It is essential for you as a leader and your company to gain valuable insights from youngsters (interns and trainees).
Expand your skillset. With time, it is important to acquire more skills (technical or non – technical) to keep growing as a person or a leader. It could be signing for courses/seminars/webinars/diplomas and so on. Online or offline, take your pick and keep being a student. It’s your life, make it work for you. Look within and use your passion to pick up new skills. It could be a new language, a new work-related certification or even a hobby that can be part of your work life later in life.