How To Become a More Authentic & Effective Leader

Authentic leadership is vital in our pursuit of greatness. Leading with integrity is key because we can only lead when people are willing to trust us with their time, talents and resources. Authentic leadership is highly coveted because people matter. God designed us to be leaders in our communities, families and in the workplace. The gifts that he imparted to us are intended to be used for his plan and vision. When we lead knowing that ultimately it is all for the honor and glory of our Lord, then the burden becomes a privilege and leading others becomes a joy. When we humble ourselves as servants of the Lord, we know that God will not keep anything from us and that he will provide the right tools, people and resources that will help us reach our end goal. It is vital that we lead knowing that all people matter, and that means that their hopes, and dreams matter as well. It also means that their special gifts and talents matter. Authentic leadership places value on people’s dreams and is in agreement that they too should be able to accomplish their hearts desires. It also means that if all people matter, then we ought to listen and communicate with people on a deeper level and develop strong relationships. We do this, not for the sake of our own agendas, but because life is meant to be lived in community. Life is messy and we need all the help we can get. When we band together and trust in each other we can accomplish something great – we can go beyond our limits and reach new levels of success like never before.

Employees, athletes, students and even church members are becoming so confused as to what a true leader is and is not. It’s because leadership has taken all kinds of forms lately and the people who we thought were leaders turned out to be flakes and crumbled under pressure. It’s because of past experiences of poor leadership, we must do a better job at defining leadership by exemplifying authentic leadership. If we’re going to use the term “lead by example” then we have to follow that up by stating the most important thing about leadership, and that is – it’s not about us but about the people. It’s about the people that choose to join us in our mission and offer themselves up for the cause. When we lead with authenticity people will rally and willingly sacrifice their time, talents and resources to accomplish company goals. They’ll do this because they know that they can trust you and that we as leaders are selflessly sacrificing just the same. When we put others first it is evident and visible to all – when we put others first – it is love in action.

Here are some key characteristics and skills needed to obtain in order to deliver authentic and powerful leadership:

  • Humility
  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Discernment
  • Empathy
  • The Skill and Art of Precision Listening
  • Sales & Negotiation Skills That Demonstrate Experience and Swag
  • Effective Communication – Story Telling & Fearless Motivational Skills

I believe that with the acquisition and implementation of these attributes and skills, you’ll be able to lead and inspire your team to do great and wonderful things never imagined. You’ll also be able to demonstrate how they too can grow in leadership by following your lead and example. In the end – it’s not about rule and rein but about growth and reproduction. It’s about the development of your team’s character and how well they’ll respond to the challenge when they are asked to lead. What type of leaders are you shaping and what is the legacy they’re following? Are you ready to lead with authenticity and become a more efficient and effective leader of change? If so, I would encourage you to take your current skill set and adapt the forementioned attributes to fuse them together and experience growth and success.

So, I want to turn it over to you and ask you to share what are some of your thoughts on leadership? Who in your personal or professional life has shown exemplary leadership skills and has influenced you to pursue your dreams? How will you incorporate authentic leadership in your business?

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Jesus Gonzales - Marketing Consultant
Jesus Gonzales – Marketing Consultant

How To Live, Network and Grow Your Business Like a Champion

How To Live, Network and Grow Your Business Like a Champion

As each of us start out on our personal journey to fulfill a lifelong dream, there are certain to do list items that must be marked off before we can make this life changing leap of faith. Here’s my version of a so called to do list for your life: First we need a plan of attack, next, we need some sort of emotional and dream support from either a person, group or mentor that possesses a relentless mindset and positive vibe. Most successful entrepreneurs, athletes and authors have one thing in common and that is a mindset of a champion. A person who has the mindset of a champion knows that there is no quit – no wavering and most importantly no fear! It is through our faith in Christ that we can believe and take action in our belief that we can and will be successful in every endeavor.

So how do we do that? Well, what I’d like to do is simply offer a few words of encouragement and hopefully provide some insight that will help you on your journey. During my next few blog posts I will be referencing from my own experiences as well as unknown and well known authors who have published books, articles and blogs, however, none more important than the living word of God. I want nothing more than to see each of us succeed in every endeavor that we venture into. As I planned and prepared for this piece – all I could think about is you. All of you that would take the time to read and reflect about your own ambitions, perspective and attitudes. I want this to be about you and growing your network, businesses and communities. I want to look back a year from now and know that somehow, someway I was able to make a difference even if it was in the smallest way.

As we all know a life in business is very complex. We have dreams and visions of what life could be like when we close on the deal of a lifetime. We dream of the moment of when we have the status and label of success. However, when that big deal doesn’t get done or is taking a little longer than we expected, our minds begin to wonder and are consumed with thoughts of doubt and fear. The fear that sets in can be devastating to our success, simply put – fear takes our dreams and squeezes the life out of them. Fear can leave us feeling empty and confused. If we want to overcome our fears and pursue a life of success than we must adopt the mindset of a champion and live life fearlessly. If you take a moment to read and receive the following scripture, you too can begin to experience a life without fear and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) says…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity- but of power, love and self-discipline.

According to 2 Timothy 1:7, fear is something that we shouldn’t possess. In place of fear, fill your hearts and minds with the word of God and remind yourself that you have the divine power of Christ living inside of you.

God’s power is the strength and courage that we need to carry out our plans, fulfill our dreams and overcome adversity. God has given us his power and the ability to go above and beyond our natural abilities. He is our champion and he is teaching us the ways of the warrior and in doing so, we won’t grow weak or weary. We’ll have the strength to overcome all fears and obstacles that may be in our way. God bless and stay humble and hungry – your success depends on it.

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Jesus Gonzales - Marketing Consultant
Jesus Gonzales – Marketing Consultant