Leadership feels awkward sometimes. There's a strange paradox in wanting to be seen as 'authentic', whilst needing to behave in ways that don't always feel like they're really you.
Advancing in our careers requires us to move outside of our comfort zones. Yet, at the same time, those advances sometimes trigger a strong urge to protect our identities. That urge often arises out of fear - what if we don't perform well or measure-up in a new setting?
For me, leadership is a bit like a pair of new shoes. It's something that needs to be tried on, maybe one foot at a time. They might need adjusting, through a bit of trial and error, to expand what feels comfortable. But sometimes we can stretch those shoes a little too far, or too fast - it's always important to leave room for the fact that some might not enjoy 'wearing' leadership.
The words 'authenticity' and 'leadership' have become intertwined in recent years.Read More