“People with titles of leadership are just people who are equally as sensitive and emotional as everyone else. Learning to draw emotional boundaries, mental compartmentalization, and not letting people in is the growth edge,” shares Jessica Zweig, CEO and founder of SimplyBe Agency. She joins host Kiley Peters to discuss the intricacies of authenticity in leadership and how to determine just how much of yourself to share with others.
The pandemic changed a lot of things, a major one being work culture and expectations. It is no longer enough for leaders to solely focus on profits and getting the job done, especially not when consumers and employees alike are looking to leaders as the voice of an organization’s values. It is more important than ever for leaders to be vulnerable and authentic and to really pay attention to their own personal branding. However, it is just as important to not overshare and to understand when and what is appropriate to share. Jessica explains that you can be transparent and open without giving away every piece of yourself. It can be a difficult line to draw, but is a very necessary one to maintain a healthy distance for the sake of yourself.
Boundaries are still important even when embracing authenticity. Tune into this week’s episode of Welcome to Eloma for a conversation with Jessica Zweig about how to be a more authentic leader. Learn when it’s appropriate to share and what is better left to your therapist’s office.
“People with titles of leadership are just people who are equally as sensitive and emotional as everyone else. So learning to draw emotional boundaries, mental compartmentalization and not letting people in is the growth edge.” (12:15-12:42 | Jessica)
“I'm not here to make everyone feel good all the time. My expectation is that you do your job and you perform. When you do your job well, I pay you a salary. That's the transaction. And it's hard for me as a super empath.” (13:38-13:55 | Jessica)
“You grow a thicker skin and you grow an edge when you don't have the time to care so much about what people think of you or how people are feeling, but you care how people perform. That is what you need to do when you start to grow. And the stakes get higher, and the boats get bigger, and the overhead is more expensive month to month.” (17:18-17:40 | Jessica)
“You have to sort of be vulnerable, and honest, and transparent, and authentic to be believable.” (20:30-20:38 | Jessica)
“You deserve 1,000% of you. That's it. Not hundreds or thousands of people who don't really know you online, as much as their energy is beautiful and well intentioned. You don't owe anything to anybody.” (35:55-36:07 | Jessica)