Featured Resource: Leadercast 2020—Ripple Effect
While in rehab for 28 days, Michael had to create two physical collage masks. One showed who he portrayed to the world while he was under the influence. The other showed the real him. The contrast between the masks taught Michael how important it is to show our true selves in leadership: You can’t lead if you’re concealing who you really are.
He describes four leadership masks we put on to disguise ourselves to those we lead:
- Saying “yes” when you could say “no”
- Hiding a weakness
- Avoiding difficult conversations (the most prevalent mask for leaders)
- Holding back your unique perspective
Real leadership recognizes that authenticity is uncomfortable but necessary. Have you ever done eight hours of hard work to avoid 10 minutes of uncomfortable work? We all have.
An authentic leader understands his or her mask and knows it’s time to take it off. An authentic leader sees the discrepancy between the mask and his/her real self and wants to change.
Listen to our whole conversation with Michael above, or through your favorite podcast player listed at the bottom of this page, to hear about mask-removal strategies for leaders.
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