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How To Be An Aligned Leader Who Keeps The Team Together

Source | | Liz Kislik

Particularly when they’re under pressure, leaders must be willing to face two important problems: connecting with their true selves, and listening deeply to their stakeholders, especially their employees, according to Hortense le Gentil, executive leadership coach and author of Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be. Le Gentil describes alignment as “the congruence of who you are, what you feel, and what you love on a deep and fundamental level with what you do, what you say, what you envision, and where you are going. She encourages leaders to express their authentic selves and communicate their vision clearly —in service both to inspiring employees and generating results. Here are five examples of how alignment in action will help leaders deal with turbulent times.

Clarify and communicate who you want to be. Le Gentil asks how you want to be remembered 10 years from now, and recommended that leaders check in with themselves every day to verify their values, direction and the things that give them energy. People who understand their own values are more likely to have the courage to follow through on their beliefs and take necessary action rather than being so fearful of disapproval that they focus on hiding or shielding themselves.

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