This last April, my husband and I took a trip to Orlando, Florida and had the opportunity of visiting EPCOT theme park, one of 4 Theme Parks at Walt Disney World Resort that includes the World Showcase. The World Showcase is an incredible collection of shops, attractions and restaurants that represent the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. What I was struck with was how authentic each of these countries were. Indeed, as we visited each of the countries, people who served us ere actually from that country! Everything was authentic – the dress, the food, the music, the architecture and the language. For a few moments, we felt like we were visiting each country (without having to travel there).
How does this concept apply to our leadership? Authenticity is one of the most powerful ways that we can build trust as a leader. Think about it. When you are able to admit your mistakes and honestly share to a fellow team member, you are saying to your team, “You can trust me.” What can you do today to be a more authentic leader to your team?