Articles 3 Vital Traits of Authentic Leaders

3 Vital Traits of Authentic Leaders

We all have the ability be great leaders and it is easier than you think. You simply do what you love to do, surround yourself with a positive environment, and lead by example. I have the opportunity to connect, learn from and build authentic relationships with extraordinary business leaders, thought leaders, change makers and visionaries from across the country who are everyday heroes and influencers in our community.

Meeting hundreds of business leaders, I’ve discovered three common traits extraordinary leaders have in common. What makes these women (and men) great leaders and massive influences have very little to do how much they have in the bank, the kind of car they drive, or how many friends they have on Facebook. In fact, most of these individuals are super humble, and thrive on about the laundry list of accomplishments, yet have mass influence.

Authentic Leadership is all about people and relationships. Great leaders will always rise above the crowd when they show up with emotional intelligence and these three traits. Here are the top three traits of authentic leaders who inspire, lead, and motivate others to be more and do more. Starting with emotional intelligence and authenticity!

  • Authenticity – This is not a buzz word. Authenticity its about creating trusted relationships that are genuine. Authenticity is like a moth to a light. People are attracted to others who are not afraid to share their secrets to success, advocate for others, and celebrate their successes. They have developed boundaries, learned  to say “no”, believe in the power of forgiveness and are open to receiving feedback. Authenticity happens when you lead with your heart.
  • Be of Service – To be of service is a mindset that all top leaders embrace. Mentorship is one of the best vehicles to empower others and one trait consistent with all strong leaders. When you embraced everything, you do with the mind set of being of service to others, doors open, your confidence soars and you create a ripple effect of inspiring others to do the same.
  • Lead by Example: Here is one of my favorite quotes that sum it all up. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams. Authentic leaders lead with integrity, value hard work and commitment, empower others, embrace fear, and consistently lead by example.

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Monica Kretschmer

Monica Kretschmer

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration™ Awards, Women of Inspiration™ Podcast, The Nest Foundation™ and SupportHER ™ elevating male leaders who champion women in their networks, workplaces, and communities, and MentorHER™ Mentorship Program. She is the founder of The Nest Foundation™ empowering women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children through mentorship, education, and wellness. Monica is a native Calgarian, visionary, speaker and serial entrepreneur, passionate about celebrating and advocating for women to prosper personally and professionally. She is committed to Gender Equality and fostering a network where diversity, innovation, recognition, mentorship is valued. Monica's mission is to inspire women to lead with a purpose and prosper in business and life. Since launching in 2014, Monica has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing collaboration and diversity. In five short years, Monica has built a recognizable National brand across Canada and spearheaded partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, venture capitalists, and women’s organizations. In 2015, Monica created Women of Inspiration™ Awards to recognize a woman who helped her overcome adversity and a life-changing Seven Journey in the justice system with 4800 hundred hours of litigation, 22 days of trial and 56 + court appearances. Monica’s personal story of resilience was the fuel to create Women of Inspiration™ to honour one woman, her lawyer. Women of Inspiration celebrates, recognizes and inspire women across Canada who lead by example and inspire others to be more and do more.

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