HDI 2018 Expert Insights

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19 CONTENTS Step Five: Seize the Opportunity To learn to lead authentically requires you to take risks and try new things: volunteer in your community, start a project to tackle a problem in your environment, create something. To make a difference as a leader, you must take the opportunity to engage in something that makes a difference. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T.S. Eliot The more experiences you have in your life, the greater your ability to tackle new challenges. Each experience, each chance you take, teaches you something about yourself and helps you to understand your strengths and weaknesses. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Living with Authenticity To lead with authenticity requires to you live your life with authenticity. Learn to love yourself and let go of the mistakes of the past and illusion of perfection. Clarify what brings meaning to your life and take care of yourself so that you can lead others. As you identify new opportunities to explore life, you will become more confident in who you are. But remember, real change is hard work. Be present. Be passionate. And be authentic. JULIE L. MOHR is a dynamic, engaging leader who brings integrity and passion to everything she does. Through her books and articles and speaking, consulting, and teaching engagements, her purpose is to change the world through thought-provoking dialogue and interaction. Julie has a BS in computer science from The Ohio State University and an MEd from the University of Phoenix; she is currently pursuing her PhD in management and organizational leadership in Information Systems and Technology from the University of Phoenix. She also is an ITIL Expert, Certified Help Desk Director, and Certified Governance IT Professional. She is an HDI Business Associate and teaches training and certification classes for service and support professionals. Follow Julie on Twitter @JulieMohr, on YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Join Julie for session #206, "5 Steps to Becoming a More Effective, Engaging, and Authentic Leader," at HDI 2018 See the Full Conference Program

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