My guest post, “Struggling To Find Your Authentic Voice As A Leader? Try These Exercises,” posted today on the American Management Association’s AMACOM Playbook.
What is an authentic voice and why does it matter? Iâ€™m asked this question a lot because my company has developed an exercise called â€œYour Authentic Voice.â€
First, letâ€™s look at the benefits of an authentic voice and the costs of not having one.
Shortly after the presidential election, I led a leadership workshop where all the attendees happened to have supported Hillary Clinton (common in Manhattan). I asked them to forget whether they agreed with or believed the candidates, but to identify which they thought spoke more authentically.
All agreed on Donald Trump.
By contrast, when I ask people why Clinton ran for office, no one has yet pointed to her stating a personal interest or desire. That absence translates to inauthenticity.
An authentic voice isnâ€™t everything you need for people to follow and support you, but itâ€™s important.
Read the rest at Struggling To Find Your Authentic Voice As A Leader? Try These Exercises.