Skills for Being Real

Acting with Authenticity

The first of the three Total Leadership principles is to be real—to act with authenticity by clarifying what’s important to you and acting accordingly. This is the foundation. Here are suggestions for simple things that you can do to enhance these skills, no matter what your age or life situation.

Skill: Know What Matters

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.


Over the course of their lives, remarkable leaders know what matters most. Julie Foudy demonstrates this skill in spades. You can strengthen your own ability to be real by imagining your ideal future self and analyzing how the four main roles in life intersect. As you try these activities, see what ...

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