It is true that in some instances "fake it 'til you make it" makes sense but most of the time this is a losing strategy for a leader. Fake leaders can be found everywhere and are easy to identify. They give us an uneasy feeling that they shouldn't be trusted. Fake leaders end up losing respect, struggling to gain trust, and failing to create meaningful, lasting relationships.
"To be, or not to be..." is the opening phrase of a soliloquy of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Hamlet is contemplating to live or to die. It seems that when it comes to leadership the central question is, "To lead or not to lead?"
There are a lot of leadership theories, and I have researched and studied many of them. The leaders I have met and admire know these 6 principles.
Recently, one of my daughters received an award that caused me to pause. Among the awards she received was the best listener award at her Dance Team banquet. Instead of the certificate below, I thought she should have been given a gold embossed ear trophy! This is an award that I would have never won as a teenager but it is one that I have strived for as an adult, both in my personal and business life.