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    Women Business Leaders: Motivate your Team with Authenticity

    A colleague once asked me, “When did you decide that you wanted to be a leader?” I was quite taken aback by that question because in the first place, I did not think of myself as a leader; and in the second place, I don’t believe that leadership should be self proclaimed but rather earned.

    Carol Rice outlines some great ways to lead your team in business by employing the underlying principle of authenticity.

    1. Listen
      Tune in to what workers and customers are saying, and you’ll find great ideas for how to move forward.
    2. Give credit
      Workers love leaders who acknowledge their ideas.
    3. Be yourself
      In our age of sound bites and phony smiles, tell your story honestly. It’s rare and refreshing, and makes workers feel like they know you — and want to help you succeed.
    4. Communicate
      So much company dysfunction can be prevented with clear communication. Otherwise, workers are in the dark. And soon, they won’t care.
    5. Don’t be trendy
      Avoid the “strategy du jour” problem. Choose a course and stick to it.
    6. Beat anxiety
      Stop worrying and turn your negative emotions — regret, fear, sadness — into teachers that help shape your character.
    7. Be service-oriented
      Leaders can be sort of self-involved, forgetting that they are in a position of leadership. To serve customers, shareholders and workers stay focused on others.
    8. Be accountable
      Define the results you want, and acknowledge when a screw-up is your fault.
    9. Use empathy
      Demographic changes have foisted more and more women into the workplace. Make sure your communication and leadership style is a fit for today’s workforce.
    10. Share the big picture
      If your workers don’t know the company’s overall goals, it can be hard for them to solve problems. That leaves you having to micromanage every problem instead of being able to delegate and offer guidance.
    11. Keep your cool
      The days when being a screamer worked are long gone. If workers are worried about whether you’re in a good mood today or not, little gets done.
    12. Think like an immigrant
      When you arrive on new shores, you often see the business world with fresh eyes. Use your unique perspective to spot opportunities others are missing.

    What leadership traits do you think are the most important? Leave a comment and share your suggestions with us here.

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    1. [...] attitude. Over the years, as I have explored the desirable characteristics of great leaders, authenticity seems to be the value I most admire and strive [...]

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