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The Team

Dõv Baron

Dõv Baron

The Leading Expert on Authentic Leadership and Generating a Fiercely Loyal Culture View Details
Alan Lary, CA

Alan Lary, CA

Head Coach, member of advisory board for Authentic Paragon Alliance View Details
Renuka

Renuka

Certified Communications Expert, partner, member of the advisory board View Details
Stephan Stavrakis

Stephan Stavrakis

Positioning Strategist, member of the advisory board View Details
Francesco Lombardo FEA

Francesco Lombardo FEA

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Dõv Baron

Dõv Baron

The Leading Expert on Authentic Leadership and Generating a Fiercely Loyal Culture

Dov Baron is a Leadership Catalyst! A non traditional though leader who was named by Inc Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire. As the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and the founder of “Full Monty Leadership” he works with leaders in creating teams that becomes Fiercely loyal. He has had the honour of sharing the stage with the worlds top speakers including Larry Winget, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Kaihan Krippendorf, and Steve Olsher.

Dov is a bestselling author and his latest book titled: “Fiercely Loyal” How high performing companies develop and retain top talent. He also writes for many industry magazine including; CEO magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.

But it wasn’t always this way…

While free rock climbing in June 1990, Dõv Baron fell approximately 120 feet and landed on his face. The impact shattered most of the bone structure of his face, disintegrating some of his upper jaw and fracturing his lower jaw in four places. After nine reconstructive surgeries, no external evidence remains of the damage. However, this experience was life changing.

Before the fall, Dõv had spent years building a reputation as a dynamic speaker and teacher in the field of personal and professional development, but it wasn’t until sometime after “the fall” that he began to see the beauty and elegance of what had really happened. The fall had become the powerful and painful impetus for the return to what he calls his Authentic Self.

Between 2010 and 2013, Dõv was the host and executive producer of the popular radio show “Full Monty Leadership Show.” His radio show and podcasts have had over 1.5 million downloads, and his current podcast “Leadership and Loyalty Tips for Executives” is the #1 podcast for Fortune 500 Executives.

Dõv has been sharing his wisdom and expertise privately and on international stages with professional leaders for more than 30 years. He has interviewed and worked with leaders featured on Oprah, Ellen, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, CBS, Huffington Post, Larry King, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and many other top rated media. (

He also has a social media platform with over 200,000 followers via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Podomatic, iTunes etc. (

In addition to being a speaker, author, and a radio host, Dov Baron is the leading authority on Authentic Leadership and creating a corporate culture that generates fierce loyalty, particularly when dealing with “Generation Y” aka Millennials and fascinating next generation leadership.

In that capacity, he serves as private mentor to top performance individuals, corporations, and organizations that are committed to generating both exponential growth and fierce loyalty.

Dõv’s commitment is to take you by the hand and show you why tapping into your Authentic Self is the MOST important key to lasting and fulfilling wealth, influence, and affluence.

His passion mixed with humor and “get to the point,” no BS style are contagious. Within moments of meeting, you will feel a genuine connection with a man who authentically walks his talk.

Dõv believes that what the world needs today are more leaders who are Authentically committed to standing in their truth, sharing their inner genius, and empowering others to do the same.

He is currently available for media interviews.

Alan Lary, CA

Alan Lary, CA

Head Coach, member of advisory board for Authentic Paragon Alliance

Alan Lary is currently the head coach at Dov Baron’s Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership, which is billed as: The toughest speaker-leadership training on the planet!

Alan is a former elite athlete who trained with the Canadian National Soccer team in the 1970s. Since 1973, Alan has been serving as an avid soccer coach to elite players in Vancouver, BC. His coaching philosophy empowers the players as individuals to not just play the game of soccer but to live life from a position of power, glory and contribution. He inspires the players to embrace personal growth and development including letting go of the limiting beliefs about themselves, their teammates and situations and circumstances in their lives. Alan provides a structure for a specific set of authentic leadership principals the players are expected to live by.

In addition, Alan’s athletic history includes playing on elite soccer teams from the age of 12 through 22 when he retired from sports for the purposes of advanced education. As a young teenager Alan became the starting goalkeeper for the Province of Ontario, Canada, and at the age of 18 being selected as the rookie and goalkeeper of the year in the semi pro men’s soccer league in Toronto. Alan was named athlete of the year in high school while only in his junior year as well as captain of the volleyball and soccer teams. Alan also played varsity volleyball while in his freshman year at university. Lastly, Alan also named student of the year in high school in his junior year for an all round performance including student leadership.

Alan has been a certified professional accountant for 33 years and was a partner in the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young in 1990.

Since 1996, he has been the CEO of Alan J. Lary Inc., the #1 Entrepreneurial Accounting, tax, and consulting firm in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Currently Alan guides, counsels and mentors businesses and individuals in matters of entrepreneurial business, finance, taxation, strategic planning, visioning, leadership, personal and professional growth and development, and teamwork. His clients range from small start-ups to companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars, including many high-net worth individuals who seek something more meaningful. Alan refuses to serve his clients what he calls “fast food” solutions that will leave his them “financially, mentally or emotionally malnourished”. Instead he dishes authentic fare that goes to the heart of the matter. As a result, his clients develop balance in their lives and own their true potential in life and in business.

Since 2010, Alan has mentored in excess of 100 individuals. Many of these individuals have excelled in the lives and have committed to lifelong growth and contribution. His approach is one of compassion and empathy yet he holds a strict set of requirements; mentee’s must take specific action based on clarity of purpose and empowerment. His commitment is to only teach what he can live. As a mentor he holds a vision of each of his mentees that is greater than they can hold for themselves.

Alan Lary also actively works with various charities with the aim of empowering the persons within those charities. Currently, Alan is assisting the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast British Columbia.

Read Alan Lary’s Blog Here:

Renuka

Renuka

Certified Communications Expert, partner, member of the advisory board

Even though Renuka Baron’s formal education is in health sciences, she left her career in dentistry in 2004 to coordinate and co facilitate personal development seminars and training focusing on women’s empowerment, uncompromised relationships, parenting and leadership.

Renuka is a certified Communications Expert and has a licensed NLP Practitioner. She also mentors at Dov Baron’s Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership which is billed as: The toughest speaker-leadership training on the planet. She is a full partner, co facilitator and mentor in Dov Baron International and Authentic Paragon Alliance who train executives and corporate leadership teams to become Full Monty (authentic) leaders.

Renuka’s philosophy is that women must let go of playing small and embrace their feminine power, confidently voice opinions, operate from a place of equality in all relationships, personal and professional. In turn they can create healthy loving environment in their homes and healthy models of empowered women for their daughters and sons who respect and value women as much as men.

She believes women’s realities can only change if each woman is willing to do what it takes to change it rather than waiting for someone else to take the reigns. Unfortunately, we still live in a society where women who challenge traditions that don’t serve us anymore, and laws that create separation instead of uniting us, can be perceived as bitches, even by other women.

Renuka Baron also is the author of Secret Confessions of Queen Bitch:

Stephan Stavrakis

Stephan Stavrakis

Positioning Strategist, member of the advisory board

First and foremost, Stephan is a devoted husband and father of two who devotes his life’s work to his family. After working for a Canadian province wide insurance company and being part of team that reconstructed a business model that allowed that company to save 5million in annual revenues, Stephan decided it was time to go on his own.

His first company: 3D Thinking Inc, was a soft-skills training company. He built that company from scratch with no credibility, no connections, and no list. However, within nine months 3D Thinking Inc was Vancouver’s fastest growing and most profitable privately-owned soft-skills training organization.

Due to 3D Thinking Inc’s rapid growth many other trainers, speakers, authors and consultants approached Stephan to help them build their companies in similar fashion. As Stephan’s reputation for results grew brick & mortar companies such as restaurants, spa’s, salons, insurance companies, doctors, lawyers, and an array of others requested his assistance in re-positioning their business model. Once again his formula proved highly successful.

Currently Stephan has worked with 100’s of businesses internationally and has logged over 15,000 hrs of one-on-one strategic positioning. Consistently moving those business owners from the “me too” positions to becoming “The Only” business in their market. Doing so has consistently lowered costs and allowed these organizations to keep the focus on increasing both sales and the bottom line.

Stephan has gone on to developed a unique system he calls; “Perceptual Positioning” this system is currently being used by 100′s of individuals and organizations as the blue-print for designing their business offers, ads, websites, TV ads, taglines, distinction points etc.

Today Stephan’s insights and humor make him a highly sought after speaker. He is consistently rated as thought provoking and practical by the business audiences he addresses.

Give Stephan Stavrakis 5 minutes and he will turn your business upside down while bringing into focus lucrative opportunities that were completely missed by everyone else. He has an uncanny ability to see that which others are completely blind to when it comes to differentiating you and or your organization from those you perceived as your competition. Very often Stephan’s clients find themselves wondering: “Why didn’t I think of that?” because what he offers makes such perfect sense. He is focused, and highly expedient and as a result he has been known to take entire business models and reposition it for higher profitability within in just one conversation.

Stephan is a highly valued member of the Authentic Paragon Alliance team who works side-by-side, hand in hand with Dov Baron’s formulas, strategies and over all framework for assisting our clients and their organizations become Full Monty Leaders to create exponential growth and generate fierce loyalty and stand out from the crowd.

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Francesco Lombardo FEA

Francesco Lombardo FEA

Business Families of wealth are faced with a number of risks: Financial, operational, investment and behavioral risk. I believe behavioral risk of the individual family members is the biggest threat to a Business Family.

At Veritage I focus on the behavioral risks within the family and its impact on the decision making for the transition of the ownership in the business. We assist individuals within the family to understand how their beliefs and behaviors about (Money Motto ™) influence their relationships and the wealth transfer process.
Families seek us when they are:

  • • Preparing the next generation for ownership/wealth transfer.
  • • Looking to better identify with their wealth and make decision for it.
  • • Dealing with entitlement and conflict within the family.

Francesco works with the individual families to develop their Family Wealth Constitution and Code of Conduct, which reduce the behavioral risk. The constitution is made up of unique ingredients of the families’ values, purpose, and vision for their wealth; which feeds and nourishes the family’s legacy and continuity.

Articles

 

The Top 3 Reasons – “Leaders” are losing their Star Players!

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you know that the recession has aggravated what already was a deteriorating relationship between employers and their employees.

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Business Check up – Is Your Business Growing or Dying?

I need to ask you an important question. What’s your business doing? Is it growing, staying about the same or losing ground? Now let’s be brutally honest—and I suspect if you are like most business owners, you may be tempted to deny this–but if your business isn’t growing, it’s dying!

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What’s The #1 Key to Successful Leadership?

I have a question for you: What is the single most important key to successful leadership in today’s economy? If you answered anything except being an authentic leader, you’d be wrong. Being an authentic leader today is no longer a preference or an option. It is crucial!

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The Top 3 Reasons “Leaders” are losing their Star Players!

The Top 3 Reasons
“Leaders” are losing their Star Players!

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you know that the recession has aggravated what already was a deteriorating relationship between employers and their employees. While things weren’t rosy before, now everyone knows someone (or has experienced it themselves!) who has been caught in layoffs, buyouts, downsizing, capsizing, and reductions in benefits, not to mention freezes on new hires, pay raises, and promotions.

And you also know the result: People are willing to abandon companies like the proverbial rats on a sinking ship because no one feels safe!

The reason isn’t rocket science. If you even suspect that the ship you are on could go down and something else comes along, there’s a good chance you’d jump ship too. Think about it.  The fear doesn’t have to be based on facts; a nasty corrosive rumour can have people racing toward the exits just as easily.

A Wharton School of Business article says that most companies can expect to lose anywhere between 20 and 50 percent of their employees in any given year. Few things are more disruptive and costly to your business than an unexpected exodus from your talent pool.

If you want loyalty, you must focus on culture over rhetoric!  Regardless of position, title, or even office size, employees who volitional walk away, generally do so because they perceive some type of disconnect with leadership and/or the values of the company. (This is best reflected in the corporate culture)

It’s no surprise to any of us, but employee loyalty is not what it used to be. In a recent survey of employee benefits, trends, and attitudes, MetLife found that employee loyalty is at a seven-year low.

So what are the Top 3 Reasons “Leaders” lose their Star Players?

Leaders must learn how to deal with conflict.

Be honest, I mean really honest. Are you comfortable with conflict?  By that I don’t mean that you are aggressively looking for some form of fight, but when conflict comes up, can you confront it with compassion and empathy? Do have the skills to resolve the issues?

If not, you can be certain that your team’s morale is going to tank faster than a preschooler who needs a nap because conflict is the nature of relationship.

You’ve got to understand that crappy moral is contagious!  Problems that don’t get addressed, be they feuds between departments (silos), interpersonal quarrels, or performance issues all negatively impact employee enthusiasm, motivation, and ultimately loyalty.

Before we go any further, I want to set something straight…small problems do not go away. Small problems that are ignored develop into resentment, and will develop into bigger problems. (Don’t believe me? Ask the person you live with…Go on, I dare you.)

A leader who does not–or cannot–deal with conflict will immediately start to lose the trust and respect of her/his employees. And you and I both know that you can’t lead without trust and respect.

That being said, a leader who is a master of conflict resolution knows that healthy conflict creates a deepening bond. (Again, if you don’t believe me, ask the person you live with if, after you have actually stopped avoiding the conflict and got it all out on the table, they inevitably feel closer to you.)

Leaders must become masterful at dealing with generational diversity.

Generational bias has always been an issue, however, now more than ever in a global economy, it can be a crippling one.  As a discerning leader, I am going to ask you an important question. Do you believe that a Baby Boomer (people born between 1946 and 1964), Generation Xer (people born between mid 1960s to the early 1980s), Millennial (people born between 1982 and 2000) are all treated equally in the climb to the top?

Here’s an example from way back in the last century. I can remember when I first started speaking to individuals and organizations of influence back in the 80s. At that time, I came across research that said it took a rookie over 100 hours to learn the skills to become a fighter pilot.

It was estimated that that same level of training could be completed to competence in around 20 hours by a GenXer because of their much higher exposure to technology. Then came the Millennials. These latest members of the work force have grown up with even more electronic interface than the generation X group, and as a result their TQ (technical intelligence) far exceeds those of the last two generations.

The challenge can be that as a leader you are likely to be either a Boomer or an Xer, have likely climbed through the ranks and invested a considerable amount of time in getting where you are today. Now you are likely to find yourself leading Millennials, while having an empathetic bias towards your own generation.

You see, part of the challenge is that we often (even unconsciously) use the time we’ve put in, rather than effectiveness, as a standard of measure. Furthermore, even if we are measuring the effectiveness of our top players, our leaders, it’s important that we examine whether our criteria for measurement may also be outdated.

The challenge is that if the criteria by which we measure authentic leadership remain the same as it was for old school leadership, we won’t be able to recognise the value that is in front of us.

 

Leaders must learn how to lead in new ways.

The most important of the Top 3 Reasons “Leaders” are losing their Star Players is because of Inauthentic Leadership!

There was a time when a leader could lead through image, reputation, experience, force or any combination thereof…However, hold on to your seats. Ladies and Gentlemen, because that train has already left the station!

Today, if you want to keep your star players, you had better find out who they are, what they care about, what “really” motivates them, and how they want to be rewarded for great work. (Check out my special report called: The Full Monty Fierce Loyalty Generator http://FMLoyalty.com)

What this means is that if you want to generate fierce loyalty in your team (and ultimately in your customer and supplier base,) you have to show up and let them see you…warts and all.

I realize that this flies in the face of what you originally learned about being a leader and elevating yourself away from your “underlings.” Although that might have worked at some point in time, that outdated model will have your Star Players deserting you and your company so fast it will make your head spin!

Of course, there are far more than three reasons Leaders are losing their Star Players. I have just focused on the top three so that you can begin incorporating change right away.

In summary, if you want to keep your Star Players you must become a master of dealing with conflict in a healthy way. You will also need to seek to understand the other generations you are working with, remembering they likely have different values and priorities than you). And finally, you must be willing to let your people in, let them see that you are more than your title, or even your experience. Let them see you as a person!

Despite what you’ve been told, the truth is that Vulnerability is Power in the new global economy!

 

For opportunities to have Dõv Baron speak for your organization, Call:

+1 (778) 379-7517

or contact admin@fullmontyleadership.com

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Business Growth What’s Your Business Doing?
I need to ask you an important question. What’s your business doing?  Is it growing, staying about the same or losing ground?  Now let’s be brutally honest—and I suspect if you are like most business owners, you may be tempted to deny this–but if your business isn’t growing, it’s dying!

Now that you’ve caught your breath, let’s get clear about what I mean by growing. Growing in this context is NOT about experiencing 1%-3% growthdue to the fact that you laid off a bunch of people or radically cut cost and potentially the quality of what you do/produce. That’s not growing. That’s slowing the dying process.

Real growth is more than temporarily increasing the profit margin. If we are going to talk growth in business, one of the key areas we have to discuss is the quality of the leadership.

It could be argued that leadership is the most important quality for any business professional to have. With quality leadership, nearly any and every task can be accomplished.  Think about a leader you have known in the past.  This could be a boss, a teacher, a pastor, a congressman. Did this person inspire you? Did they make you angry, or did they not affect you at all?

If you said they didn’t affect you, you’d be wrong. Despite what you may believe, there is a powerful and somewhat destructive impact of having leaders who don’t inspire us.  And the main reason leaders don’t inspire is because they are disengaged.

We know from a 2011 Gallup Poll that 71% of American workers are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” in their work. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just the worker bees who are disengaged. Many top level C-suite executives are just as disengaged.  These leaders close their office doors and distance themselves from the group they are supposed to be leading.

Obviously, this sort of leadership is not the kind you desire in your organization.  But I hate to break it to you, but there’s a very good chance that you have leaders like that in your own organization. These “leaders” have positions of authority and you may even be assuming that they are leading in the direction of growth. However, where they are really leading is in the direction of keeping their position, title, status and or lifestyle. They are not mission, purpose or growth driven. They are not actively engaged in the corporate value system. They are, however, tremendously engaged in increasing their own personal bottom lines.

They are disengaged leaders!

Now you may still want to argue that it’s not the leadership that is the problem with lack of growth in your company, but with employees who don’t care.

Let me let you in on a dirty little secret. Employees disengage for one of three reasons:

  1. 1. They are being led by a disengaged leader.
  2. 2. They are at odds with the organization’s mission/purpose and or values.
  3. 3. They are a bad fit for your corporate culture. (Assuming your company actually has a corporate culture that’s more than a concept.)

Here’s the hard line truth behind all three of these reasons: employees disengage because leaders are disengaged at some level and therefore not authentically leading!

Let’s take a closer look at those three reasons.

First, if employees have a disengaged leader, you can pretty much guarantee they will become lazy themselves.  This is not necessarily because employees are inherently lazy, but rather, because employees (like children) do not do what they are told; they simply model the behaviour of their superiors.  If the leader doesn’t care about the growth of the company, neither will the employees.

When a team is led by a disengaged leader, there’s a good chance that team members will simply just do what they have to do in order to meet their job description, and not do anything to grow themselves or your organization.

Second, when employees are at odds with the organization’s mission/purpose and or values this again indicates poor leadership, because your leaders need to be crystal clear that every person who enters your employ fully understands the organization’s mission/purpose and or values. This is not possible if the leaders themselves do not understand it.

Let me give you an example. In 2006 a multinational company brought us to Europe to work with their leadership team. This was a dramatically impactful training that clearly rattled a lot of cages. Instead of my just coming in and doing the usual rah-rah, look how great you folks are, now let’s just pat each other on the back, I challenged the heck out of them.

Why did I do this? In my pre-interview with the individuals on the team, it became obvious that they were relationally disconnected from each other. This told me they were likely disconnected from the company as a whole and were therefore in all likelihood working in a silo mentality.

After a lengthy discussion with the global CEO about the need to break these silos and get the team to genuinely not only connect but bond, we went back into session.

I began by asking a single pointed question that they were required to answer out loud in fort of their peers and without the assistance of their peers. This simple question clearly caused the blood pressure of the CEO to rise. The question was:  “Would you please state out loud the mission statement of this company?” Each answer clearly demonstrated a challenge at the core of the company because no one (with exception of the Global CEO) actually knew the answer.

No wonder they were disengaged. You cannot expect your team to be fully engaged in the growth of a company when their only connection is a paycheck. Everyone in your organization must be aligned with the mission, purpose and vision of the company if it is to experience true growth.

Finally, if an employee is a bad fit for your culture, this again falls on leadership.  If the corporate culture isn’t lived by the leaders, it indicates to employees that the culture doesn’t matter and therefore it doesn’t matter if a person fits or not.  In a “momentum culture” there is congruence at every level from janitor to the C-suite.

It all comes down to this… For your company to grow you have to have all the obvious things like a rock-solid business plan, great procedural implementation and everything else we all know is the back bone of a business. However, for growth to have momentum, it must have legs. The three legs on which your company must be built in order to continue to grow are authentic, inspiring, and transparent leadership.  In other words, A Full Monty Leader.

Now, don’t get the wrong idea. The Full Monty Leader is not a rah-rah leader.  Absolutely not!  A Full Monty Leader will occasionally anger their team, not because they are being adversarial but rather because a Full Monty Leader is required to hold a greater vision of each of the individuals of the team than the members hold for themselves. Only then can team members begin to adopt the vision for themselves. This is an essential principle that will deeply inspire the people who are in your organization for more than a paycheck.

Full Monty Leadership is about developing a culture of authentic, engaged leaders at every level of your organization.  Leaders who feel deeply emotionally connected to the mission purpose and values of the company.

When you have that kind of leadership, you not only generate fierce loyalty but develop a company that is actively growing.

So let me ask you again– What’s Your Business Doing?

For opportunities to have Dõv Baron speak for your organization, Call:

+1 (778) 379-7517

or contact admin@fullmontyleadership.com

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Transparency THE Key to Successful Leadership
I have a question for you. What is the single most important key to successful leadership in today’s economy?

If you answered anything except being an authentic leader, you’d be wrong.

Being an authentic leader today is no longer a preference or an option. It is crucial!

Now let me be clear.  We are not talking about the idea of being authentic. We aren’t talking about the faux authenticity of sharing something that you think will impress someone.  No, we are talking about being real and genuine, being true to who you are and what you stand for.

An authentic leader is willing to embrace that they will not be everyone’s cup of tea, and what’s more, they are good with that realization. The leaders who are blazing the trail of new leadership are dedicated to developing deeper and deeper authenticity not only in themselves, their teams, but also in all their relationships on an ongoing basis.

They are willing to be who they really are.

Authentic leaders are dedicated to knowing themselves at deeper and deeper levels.  They embrace their own imperfections and they don’t pretend to have it all together.  They are transparent and they are honest about their imperfections, their inadequacies and the challenges they face. Where the old school leader would disown their failures or weaknesses, the authentic leader allows those things to propel them forward, because they understand thatVulnerability is Power.

As counter as it may seem to your original training as a leader, you need to know this at the depth of your being, so let me say it again:  Vulnerability is Power. Vulnerability is the power that will bond your star players to you and your organization. It will also bond your customers and providers to you with fierce loyalty.

I know what some of you are thinking. If you look and act confident that should be enough.  Let me tell you, if you think wearing your mask of confidence is going to work, you are dreaming! People can smell a fake a mile away.  That mask is screaming your insecurities so you might as well hang it up and become transparent.

So what is transparency?

Yes, transparency is about admitting your imperfections, your inadequacies and your challenges. However, it’s also about sharing your values, your mission, your vision and the meaning of why you do what you do. Transparency means opening up and sharing ideas, thoughts, goals, aspirations, values, worries, concerns and even downfalls.

Today’s workplace places high demands on both leaders and employees.More and more employees are now insisting on clearly stated reality and truth.  Apart from the need of a secure job and opportunities for career advancement, present workers desire to be part of a firm that prioritizes truth, trust and transparency. They desire to have proactive leaders who share with them the direction of the organization and are forthright about the future. They want transparency in order to plan for their lives.

Instead of just being content with having a job, today’s employee will often quickly jump ship if the leader they are supposed to follow is unwilling to demonstrate clarity of the future and transparent leadership.  (I go into detail about this in my special report on Becoming a Fierce Loyalty Generator. You can find it here: http://FMLoyalty.com)

Because many companies lack awareness regarding the needs of employees, they struggle to hold on to their star players. As stated in that special report–few things are more disruptive and costly to your business than an unexpected exodus from your talent pool. Despite the initial discomfort of removing the mask, in organizations where transparent, authentic leadership is made a priority, massive losses are prevented.

None of us can be authentic unless we are willing to admit our frustrations, insecurities and weaknesses. This is not to suggest that you should sit around moaning, complaining and whining about your problems—that would be a very poor career move.  However, in both our personal and professional lives, it is crucial that we open ourselves up to a close circle of people we can trust.

All that being said, transparent leadership starts with something few leaders have the cojones to do:  self-examination.

As leaders we can get carried away with knowing all the answers foreverything else outside ourselves and rarely do we take the time to know more about what’s inside ourselves.  In addition, all of us have a spot of denial about our own foibles.

Let’s face it, denial is far easier than facing the harsh truth that we may have some dysfunctional behaviors that we need to deal with. But if we are to become an authentic leader, we need to take off the self viewing rose-colored glasses, increase our self-awareness and uncover our blind spots. In short, you need to know your strengths so that you can capitalize on them. At the same time, you need to know your weaknesses so that you can delegate and deal with them.

Being an authentic leader means having an awareness of the true emotions behind what you feel. In Full Monty Leadership we say, “We are never just mad about what we are mad about.” What this means is your anger may be a cover up, a way to mask your disappointment, fear, shame, jealousy, embarrassment, shame or guilt.  Because authentic leaders are will to always go deeper into self-examination, they can recognize the root of an emotional reaction, and by doing so, gain the power to manage it. (This gives the Full Monty Leader exceptional relationship skills)

Can you honestly (not rhetorically) say why you do what you do in your position? Do you know what irritates you and what soothes you? Are you aware of your own dark side (we all have one) and how to deal with it? In order to be authentic and genuine in all your communications you must know yourself very well and be committed to remaining truly authentic even when it’s uncomfortable.

Because nothing generates fierce loyalty faster that an authentic leader.

Do you have the cojones to become one?

For opportunities to have Dõv Baron speak for your organization, Call:

+1 (778) 379-7517

or contact admin@fullmontyleadership.com

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