One of the probably most difficult question for leader – to be or not to be!
Disney Institute has a good article on HBR in this issue, here are some recaps from the original article (original link: To Be an Authentic Leader, Practice Every Day)
Every leader is telling a story about what he or she values by the way he or she behaves.
It is important for leaders to realize that if there is too great a difference between their personal values and the organization’s values, the relationship may not be sustainable. Your personal values can eventually drown out the organization’s values
(example: work-life balance but sending out email during weekend)
Leaders must live the story they tell. If your values do not align, you will not be able to authentically be a part of the organization’s culture.
Being authentic means recognizing, valuing, and appreciating the unique strengths, talents, and passions of each person. Being authentic allows leaders to build relationships based on trust. When leaders build relationships based on trust, information flows to them.
Basically we need to be ourselves, both internal & external, both in open-space and in private-space, both with or without others.
Be yourself! Live the motto! Lift up others…