My guest post, “Struggling To Find Your Authentic Voice As A Leader? Try These Exercises,” posted today on the American Management Association’s AMACOM Playbook.
What is an authentic voice and why does it matter? I’m asked this question a lot because my company has developed an exercise called “Your Authentic Voice.”
First, let’s look at the benefits of an authentic voice and the costs of not having one.
Shortly after the presidential election, I led a leadership workshop where all the attendees happened to have supported Hillary Clinton (common in Manhattan). I asked them to forget whether they agreed with or believed the candidates, but to identify which they thought spoke more authentically.
All agreed on Donald Trump.
By contrast, when I ask people why Clinton ran for office, no one has yet pointed to her stating a personal interest or desire. That absence translates to inauthenticity.
An authentic voice isn’t everything you need for people to follow and support you, but it’s important.
Read the rest at Struggling To Find Your Authentic Voice As A Leader? Try These Exercises.
Learn to make Meaningful Connections
with a simple, effective exercise from my book, Leadership Step by Step.
- Step by step instructions
- Video examples of me and Marshall Goldsmith
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