Episode 129

How to Become an Authentic and Brave leader by Kate Matrunola

The journey to becoming the leader you're meant to be.

In this episode, we focus on a journey of becoming an authentic and brave leader: one that involves self-awareness, continuous growth, and a commitment to certain principles and practices including:

1. Self-awareness:

  • Understand your values, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Reflect on your life experiences, both positive and negative, to gain insights into your values and motivations.
  • Seek feedback from peers, mentors, and subordinates to understand how others perceive you as a leader.

2. Lead with integrity:

  • Be honest and transparent in your actions and communication.
  • Keep your promises and follow through on commitments.
  • Admit mistakes and learn from them, showing vulnerability.

3. Empower your team:

  • Foster a culture of trust and psychological safety where team members feel comfortable sharing their ideas and concerns.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility to your team, allowing them to take ownership of their work.
  • Support and mentor your team members in their growth and development.

4. Courage and risk-taking:

  • Embrace calculated risks and be willing to take on challenges that others might shy away from.
  • Stand up for your values and principles, even when it’s difficult or unpopular.
  • Be willing to make tough decisions, but do so with empathy and compassion.

5. Adaptability:

  • Be open to change and continuous learning.
  • Adapt to new circumstances and challenges, showing resilience and flexibility.
  • Encourage innovation and creativity within your team.

6. Effective communication:

  • Listen actively to your team members and stakeholders.
  • Communicate your vision and expectations clearly.
  • Provide constructive feedback and engage in open, honest conversations.

7. Self-care:

  • Take care of your physical and mental well-being.
  • Manage stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  • Seek support from mentors, coaches, or peers to help you stay grounded and resilient.

Remember that becoming an authentic and brave leader is an ongoing process. It’s about being true to yourself, while also inspiring and empowering others to be their best. It requires self-reflection, self-improvement, and a commitment to ethical and courageous leadership principles.


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