Hidden Qualities of Exceptional Leaders – Authenticity

In today’s culture it’s easy to believe that leaders “stand out” based on external or easily observed qualities.

It may be their physical presence or command of a room as they speak. It may be the way that they always seem to be “in control” no matter what the situation.

Over the next several weeks, I’d like to share a few “hidden qualities” of exceptional leaders that I have observed over the years. These are character traits or sometimes skills that have been developed or refined through years of pursuing the uncommon pathway to excellence.

The first hidden quality is that of authenticity. If there’s one characteristic that is demanded by next generation leaders and appreciated by every segment of leaders its authenticity.

The digital age in which we find ourselves makes it very easy to become somebody else, someone who you’re not. Facebook and Twitter and numerous other social media outlets give us a platform to create a persona that is not who we really are….