Authenticity – Never Lose It

authenticWith the latest news related to the Lance Armstrong confession I find myself being reminded about the importance of authenticity.

The LIVESTRONG™ Foundation has done some wonderful work. According to their website, since their inception, they have raised more than $470 million dollars for the fight against cancer, and 81 percent of those funds have gone directly to support their programs and services for survivors.

However, we’ve come to learn that the founder has character flaws. It’s apparent he has been really good at cheating, lying and betrayal … traits not becoming of a leader of any organization.

It’s hard to say whether his recent admission of guilt is genuine and without motive … or, if he has put in motion the first steps of mid to long term self-serving agenda.

Time will tell, so let’s wait and see before we draw a conclusion.

However, if Mr. Armstrong writes a book, does a presentation or becomes your boss; can you believe anything he says? Can you really trust him? Will you follow him?

The problem with character flaws for leaders is obvious; their integrity is challenged and they lose all credibility, trust and support. To re-build their character takes time … and there will always be questions about their authenticity.

As stated by Dr. Lance Secretan; authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.”

My leadership tip for you this week is for you to always lead with authenticity. Never waver from doing the right things for the right reasons.

Leading with authenticity and unwavering character will help preserve a long lasting career in leadership … plus you’ll likely sleep better at nights.

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