Competence and IQ are overrated. Being real is more powerful. Your IQ and competence might be stellar, but they can be easily wasted if you are not as human and approachable as you are smart and hard working. I want to discourage your overindulgence in impression management, because real leadership is about developing yourself in a manner that helps others see the complete you: the strengths and the imperfections, the accomplishments and the continued striving.
Only when they see you as human and real will they be open to you as a genuine leader, and not merely a person occupying a position above them. “Show your ink” (a reference to my tattoos and the title of one of my books) is a catch phrase I’ve used for some time as a reminder to be the most authentic version of yourself possible. People like real and you have to be real in order to be heard.
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