The word “leadership” has become a common buzz word with people in companies and other organizations. Many people assess their current leaders without really looking behind the curtain. When most of us think about good leaders, words and phrases like integrity, supporting and facilitating others, inspired action, confidence, and good communication come to mind. All of those are completely necessary for high-caliber leadership. A piece that we often miss, though, is what is authentic leadership?
We live busy, full and noisy lives. For many of us, every day can be getting through to-do lists, meetings, eating, connecting with loved ones, catching up on the news. While we are moving through the day, we get lost in the sea of our mind and the noise of everything around us. Further, today’s non-stop news (especially with the 2016 election) and constant information streams can create sensory overload. With all the things going on in the world, it is easy to lose touch with the present moment. We can start to forget about all the good things that are happening and start to focus on what is going wrong.