Your core values, vision, strengths, and behaviors, combined with how they impact your demeanor, approach, confidence, and genuineness, are what my company refers to as your leadership voice. It’s who you are apart from your leadership role and your personality in performance.
Through all the fake debris, finding your voice as a leader is the difference between becoming a mediocre executive or a dynamic, influential role model. It doesn’t end with who you are but what you do with who you are. It’s who you are as a person that serves you as a leader. Your genuine voice can help you to perform at your best.
Latch onto your authenticity and openness. Ann Fudge, who serves on several corporate boards, including those of General Electric, Novartis, Unilever, and Infosys, said, “Authenticity and knowing who you are is fundamental to being an effective and long-standing leader.” This means aligning your head, mouth, heart, and feet—thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing—consistently.
When your integrity won’t allow you to compromise your leadership voice and you refuse to be robbed of your freedom to learn everything about who you are, this builds trust and inspires a team’s and colleague’s faith in you.
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