5 Ways to Tap Into Your Inner Leader (and Stay True to Yourself)

Here are 5 ways to be a more authentic leader, plus a guided meditation from Meditation Studio.

Leadership is something we often think of in very literal terms, and we usually associate it with work. But if we shift our thinking just a bit, it can actually be something much more meaningful: a way of living more authentically and fearlessly. That’s a concept executive and investor Fran Hauser explores in her upcoming book, The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate, which is designed to empower women to align more fully with their core values. Taking inspiration from the book, here are 5 ways to be a more authentic leader, plus a guided meditation from Meditation Studio.

5 Ways to Be an Authentic Leader

1. Align your actions with your values.

When your actions in the world don’t reflect who you truly are, you might feel off balance, even stagnant in life. The flip side of that is the easy flow and joy you feel in life and work when you do things that line up with who you really are. Just as you would realign the wheels of a car, you may find you can adjust the connection between your head and your heart to find a better balance.

2. Be courageous.

Self-doubt can make you feel stuck or hesitant to reach for what you want. What you need to cast that doubt aside is courage—a deeply rooted faith in your inner strength and knowledge. Think about where you are today and acknowledge that it is the result of a long, courageous journey through the unknown. What motivated you through that? What are you passionate about now? True success will come from connecting to that sense of purpose. Anytime you feel self-doubt creeping in, take small steps as you open yourself up to the possibilities that lie before you.

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