Does your team see and feel the real you?
Are you the same person at work as you are when you are on your own? Or are there masks that you wear, roles that you play, that you leave backstage when the day is done?
Leaders should be authentic. They also have personal lives. Your life at work may not match your life at home, and that's OK. What's NOT OK is if your life at work does not match your values. High performance, centered leaders lead with the heart as well as the mind and they lead with integrity.
In "Alice In Wonderland" there are lots of surprises, lots of tricks, lots of turns, lots of levels of deception. Have you ever known a leader like that? How they achieve their goals and how they think thru their processes can feel like a total mystery.
I'd rather work for a transparent leader who has no secret agenda. I'd rather work for an authentic leader who shows you what you get and tells the truth first time and every time. How about you?
My guess is that is what our people want, too. A leader who does not have a secret backstage agenda. A wizard who is the wizard in front, and behind, the curtain.
There's a tiny door behind that curtain that Alice is moving. Neither one of us will fit thru it. We're bigger than that. We're better than that.
-- doug smith