A leader is not just someone people turn to for guidance; they are a person who helps individuals perform to their fullest potential and teams perform to a level reachable only by each member’s complementary strengths. In any given time or circumstance, we can each be called to be a leader, whether in the context of our own families or in the broader world. If we doubt our leadership ability, it may be that we’ve been taught that leaders only act or speak a certain way, which might not fit our personalities or comfort zones. The truth is we all have the ability to help others achieve greatness, and to lead ourselves into new and better ways of being. It’s a matter of learning to look for and leaning on the strengths of those around us—and ourselves.

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But as INSEAD professor Herminia Ibarra argues, a simplistic understanding of what authenticity means can limit leaders’ growth and impact.

Showing Up as Yourself: Mike Prokopeak and 1440 Cofounder Scott Kriens on Leadership

Mike Prokopeak is vice president and editor in chief of Human Capital Media–publisher of Chief Learning Officer, Talent Economy, and Workforce magazines.

Zen and the Art of Winning: Phil Jackson’s Team Leadership

Phil Jackson's Zen leadership style was wildly successful on the court. It provides no shortage of food for thought when it comes to work and real life too.

Think Authenticity Is About Being Honest and Open? Think Again

Authenticity plays a key role in good leadership but not in the way you would expect, says Nina Burrowes.


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