Yesterday’s LinkedIn post “Where Are You on the Leadership Continuum?” is a must read regardless if you lead people or not. Why? Because you can be a change agent regardless of job title and how many subordinates report to you.
I’m was particularly struck by the dichotomy related to authenticity. I believe that personal brand is always rooted in authenticity. Anything else is just not sustainable. Nor does it inspire others to follow you.
On the plus side, most leaders we want to be seen as approachable and genuine. How could that be bad? Taken to the extreme, others could see this as a weakness. Like all of the leadership qualities — intelligence, inspirational, decisive — Joel Peterson (Chairman of JetBlue and Stanford Consulting Professor) succinctly explains the two sides and their impact on one’s ability to lead.
So, where are you on the continuum?