Authenticity is so critical for successful leadership; but being authentic is not as easy as it seems.
A key component of authentic leadership is the maturity to deal with reality head on. We actually make it harder on ourselves when we don’t deal with reality.
Some realities of life that we must embrace to become better leaders:
1. Life is difficult; nothing worth having in life comes without effort.
2. Life is difficult for everyone; life isn’t fair. As Ralph Waldo Emerson says – “The Walking of man is falling forward”.
These truths actually are liberating for leaders; it is actually easier to go from failure to success than it is to go from excuses to success.
The earlier we can accept the truth that adversity is actually a reality the more effective we can be as leaders.