Often it is believed that leaders must control their emotions and are able to display a ‘face’ in front of his team. ‘Face’ is not reflecting the true leader feelings. This problem underlying the discussion of the “mask of leadership” and the debate over whether the leader can always be what it is.
The concept of “leadership mask” is outdated. Leaders must be what it is. People should watch the process humane leader who drove toward her current position because then they can really trust, and inspired by the founding leaders.
Bill George, former chairman and CEO of Medtronics and co-author of True North: Discover your authentic leadership with Peter Sims, suggests five dimensions of leadership that is.
- Pursuing goals with enthusiasm: The spirit of a leader showing true leadership goals.
- Practicing solid values: Integrity is needed by all leaders who are honest.
- Leading with the heart: honest leaders who lead with their hearts and mind.
- Fostering strong relationships: People asking for a personal relationship with their leader as collateral for the trust and commitment.
- Show self-discipline: an honest leader providing high standards for themselves and expect same thing to others.
Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, emphasized this point succinctly: “You have to be what it is. Do not pretend to be John Wayne if that description does not fit you. And if you are John Wayne, do not pretend to be Woody Allen. ”
Make your spirit as a guide: what you really notice is what you really want. Show integrity in all that you do. Establish, disseminate and resume practicing the core principles of the company. Be prepared to share the doubt, fear and uncertainty you feel as a human being with your team. Empathize with colleagues. Boat decisions of conscience and common sense. Allow colleagues to watch you as a person and not just as a figure head. Leaders must engage people into an emotional level to be able to inspire confidence and gain commitment. Enforce discipline. Bear the responsibility and ask for other people accountable for their decisions.