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The Subtle Signs You're Not Leading From Your Authentic Self (And What to Do About It)

Have you ever found yourself snapping at a colleague, and then instantly regretting it? Or maybe you've felt that nagging feeling that you're not quite being yourself when you're leading your team?

We've all been there.

The truth is, there are moments when we all "mask" – we adopt behaviours or personas that we think are expected of us, rather than leading from our true, authentic selves. It's a natural human tendency, but one that can hold us back as leaders.

So, how can you tell if you're masking? Here are 5 subtle signs to look out for:

  1. Overusing Jargon:  Are you trying to sound impressive by using fancy words or industry buzzwords? It might be a sign you're trying to compensate for a lack of confidence.

  2. Controlling Behavior: Do you find yourself micromanaging your team or needing to control every outcome? This could be a sign of fear or insecurity.

  3. Feeling Overwhelmed or Reactive: When we're not in touch with our true selves, we're more likely to feel overwhelmed by stress or react impulsively to challenges.

  4. Comparing Yourself to Others:  Are you constantly measuring yourself against other leaders? This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and a tendency to try to be someone you're not.

  5. Ignoring Your Gut: Our intuition often knows what's best, but when we're masking, we tend to ignore those inner nudges and instead focus on external validation.

The Huddle is proud to bring you Cassandra Goodman for a full-day workshop at Intersect, on May 31st 2024 to deep dive on all things meetings. This workshop is a great opportunity for any leader who wants to be more productive, authentic and influential with their teams. **Limited spots available**

The Path to Authenticity

The good news is that recognising these signs is the first step toward reclaiming your authentic leadership style. It's a journey of self-discovery, one that can lead to greater confidence, stronger relationships, and a more fulfilling leadership experience.

In a recent episode of the Huddle Leadership Podcast, leadership coach Cassandra Goodman delves deeper into this topic, offering insights and strategies to help you identify and overcome your masking tendencies.

If you're ready to step into your most authentic self as a leader, this episode is a must-listen. You'll discover:

  • Why authenticity matters for both you and your team

  • Practical techniques to connect with your true nature

  • How to lead with confidence and clarity

Take the first step toward authentic leadership. Tune into the Huddle Leadership Podcast today, and click the banner below to listen.


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