Reveal the authentic self
Detach from one’s own self-made image (the EGO) in order to lead from a position of neutrality.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
- Lao Tzu
Detaching from one’s own self-made image (the EGO) is a prerequisite for leadership. The outcome of detachment is neutrality (non-judgment and non-reaction).
Awareness and mastery of EGO
Just as superheroes have powers, so do leaders. The most powerful weapon a leader has is neutrality, i.e., non-judgment and non-reaction. This does not mean a leader must be devoid of emotion. It does mean that he has developed a keen awareness and mastery of EGO.
Name the EGO
Does your EGO have a name?
Leaders have a heightened awareness that they have an EGO from which they sometimes lead. Putting a name to its face and uncovering its game is the first step to mastering it.
Define the authentic self
Who is your authentic self?
Determining who you really are as a leader is the second step. Most leaders avoid this step because the responsibility that comes with knowing the authentic self is much greater than continuing to be and act based on EGO.
Embrace the “true” self
Are you open to embrace the “true” self?
Once defined, a leader will be tested in every moment by the EGO to choose it over the authentic self. Declaring who you are as a leader disempowers the EGO and creates a path for authentic leadership.
How do you want to lead?
By being transparent as a leader, employees do not have to guess about a leader’s motives or actions, particularly in decision-making. In fact, employees become more trusting and willing to follow. In this state of authentic leadership, a leader leads in an ethical manner, takes risks to achieve goals, and has the interest of the employees in mind.