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June 6, 2016

Employees Want an Authentic Leader

When you ask employees, they want to be able to connect with their leader—today more than ever before. Employees want to know what you have to say; they also want to know what you stand for.

Here are 4 ways to help you open up to your employees:

  • Authenticity starts with self-awareness. You need to know yourself and be comfortable sharing who you are with your employees. Employees want to get to know the real you.
    • Who are you as a leader?
    • What motivates you to lead?
    • What were defining moments in your career that helped shape you as a leader?
  • Tell stories about yourself that have a clear business moral, allowing your staff to learn something about you as well as what’s important to you.
  • Communicate similarly when you have bad news as when you have good news. Addressing challenges forthrightly is a credibility-booster for you.
  • Develop a message platform to help you tell your story—both your personal and business story.

What can you do today to help employees get to know the real you?

—David Grossman


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