If you think a job title gives you the power to influence and inspire others, you're holding yourself back, restricting your growth, and falling short of achieving your full potential.
One trait above all else influence and inspire others. Authenticity.
The reason authentic leaders move us is that leadership comes from the people themselves. It has nothing to do with what they say, and everything to do with who they are.
When you consistently do what you say, practice what you preach, and live according to your values people start trusting you.
Authentic leadership is not easy; it requires integration between natural tendencies and self-growth.
Doing what you say and inspiring others to do the same means you can't fake it. You have to continue prioritizing your growth which requires consistency, focus, and determination. But in the end, that's what makes authenticity so inspiring.
Inspired by: Inc - The Most Effective Leaders All Have One Thing in Common: Authenticity, by Matthew Jones