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Being authentic – start by accepting who you are

What does it mean to be an authentic leader? These are the three main principles according to Josée Perreault, Senior Vice-President of Can-Am On-Road:

1.    Self-awareness is step one

1.    To be an authentic leader, you must be true to yourself and listen to your inner voice.
2.    People should feel that what they see is what they get.
3.    Be self-confident.
4.    Accept your vulnerability and don't try to hide it.

2.    Trust is key

1.    Trust is the glue that holds us together.
2.    Create a safe and open work environment to increase productivity.
3.    Give employees room to succeed and fail, and support them all the way.

3.    Company culture is an enabler of authentic leadership

1.    Leaders must be aligned with the company's values and believe in them, too: there needs to be a fit.
2.    Leaders should represent the overall values and advocate them in their own ways.