Trust & Authenticity

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“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.”

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

Being Trustworthy leads to being respected. Respecting yourself and others leads to being respected. Being respectful and respected holds us accountable to act with honor. Honor is earned every day through thought, word, and action. With honor in ones heart humility is found. Being humble is an essential part of staying honest, to be trusted and to lead. Let’s look at authentic leadership through the 3 Sphere model.

The “I” Sphere in a leadership theory perspective is the realm of self-leadership, personal values, purpose finding, envisioning, cultivating trustworthiness and developing the personal leadership style that will mark your leadership effectiveness and character.

An authentic leader starts with “I” before jumping to “We.” After all, if we can’t lead ourselves with authenticity and honesty, how could we hope to lead others?

Cultivation of awareness and depth along our Five Mountains in the “I” allows us to observe leadership from our internal – intentional perspective as it relates to our sense of self. This self-awareness allows us to better understand and connect in real ways with our teammates. The more we know ourselves, the better we know others. Thus we become committed to managing our psychology and physiology for optimal growth and performance, while placing ourselves into the perspective of our teammates to see the world from their “I” space. This leads to an authentic relationship built on true mutual understanding and caring.

As authentic leaders we can also observe leadership from the internal – cultural perspective and note the impact on the team of our personality, our behaviors and actions. We are not ‘clueless” about what is going on with our team’s evolving culture and spirit, rather we take an active role in shaping both. The authentic leader has a mission of guiding the team by guiding the individuals on the team to a higher state or stage of development. As the individuals develop, so the team develops. In this view the leader is very concerned with recruiting and selecting the right teammates, relentlessly training and acculturating them through common experiences and inclusive challenges, and understanding the role that the overall culture of our society and the societies of the individuals play on their personal world views and team communication.

Further the authentic leader can observe leadership from the external – systemic perspective as it relates to how the organizational rules, roles, and implicit and explicit systems impact the self and team both positively and negatively, and take powerful actions to promote healthy balance between all three perspectives. We will take a look at the “We” team and “It” organizational perspectives in greater detail in lesson 11, part 2 of this authentic leadership discussion.

In the Unbeatable Mind Academy we have learned the importance of awareness and a service attitude as they relate to developing self-mastery. What we do and what we tolerate are both about awareness and service. They are also about our standards, i.e. the stand (or code) we develop as the result of deep introspection into our intentions and how these intentions are reflected in our words and deeds. We stress awareness so much because it is foundational to the warrior’s life. Without outer-awareness we are susceptible to being victims of someone else’s dangerous game. Without inner- awareness we are at the mercy of our own physical and mental habits as well as cultural constructs. We are not as free as we would like to believe. The authentic leader seeks to be free – to be the master of his fate and the captain of his soul as William Henley so eloquently asks of us.

Through our training in Unbeatable Mind this freedom is obtained through awareness of conditioned responses driven by emotional and mental reactivity. We shift from reactive to responsive and responsible. That’s why “what we do” moment to moment is so important to consider. And “what we do” is our intention reflected in or words and deeds as well as behaviors. We must become a model to ourselves as we challenge ourselves to expand into new territory, try new things and move beyond our self-imposed limitations. In a sense, we become our own teachers as the future, intentional version of ourselves pulls the present “us” toward that future. As a role model to the world we have a great responsibility to live and lead authentically, living the warrior code, expressing our unbeatable mind character in all we do.

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