Many leaders rely on the power of their positions to get people to follow them. For some, that may be enough. But for others, leadership is a much more nuanced, human experience. It involves listening to what motivates people personally, understanding who they are as individuals, not just “employees,” and finding the common ground necessary to move forward, together.
Authenticity, integrity and courage are hallmarks of persuasive leadership. They all come from knowing your innate strengths as well as your natural limitations and sharing them with others. Being self-aware and candid about who you are makes it possible for people to trust you more easily and more quickly, leading to more productive, lasting relationships.
Make your identity a framework for leadership.