Ambition, resourcefulness, tenacity – we hear many different opinions about the qualities that equal career success. Being genuine is undeniably right at the top of that list. It’s something that the successful people we do business with always share, whatever your business.
The crux of being genuine is to stay true to yourself, to always be honest, real, and sincere. A genuine person’s behaviour will reflect their person on the inside. They will not just talk, but they will build trust through their actions, by remaining true to their word, dependable and consistent. Whilst self-assured and confident, a truly genuine person is modest and integrity is at their core. However, in today’s world of highly competitive, stressful and pressured workplaces, people can often struggle to reflect their genuine self.
So, how do you remain genuine in a challenging work environment?
- Practice what you preach. Genuine people inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words.
- Forge your own path. Listen to the opinions of others, but let your own principles and values ultimately guide you.
- Treat everyone with respect.
- Be generous and grateful. Whether that means giving praise and thanks where it’s due, or taking the time to help a colleague.
- Don’t be afraid to show vulnerability.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses. You will never be all things to all people, so accept what you can uniquely offer.
- Be resilient. Rather than taking criticism as a personal attack, accept and evaluate feedback objectively.
- Be humble. Good work stands on its own merits, without the need to boast or brag. Don’t be afraid to accept help when it is offered.
- Be consistent. People naturally gravitate towards those who are known to keep their promises and don’t change their behavior to crowd-please.
- Keep an open mind. Remember, new ideas and help can spring from unexpected sources. Try to avoid preconceived notions and judgment, and see the world through others’ eyes.