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Great leaders practice self-actualization by continuing to improve themselves. Self-actualization enables leaders to bring creativity, innovation and an open mind into the workplace.

In my last blog, What's Your Score?, I discussed the first emotional intelligence competency, Self-Regard. Let’s move onto the second competency, Self-Actualization.

Self-Actualization is the ability to live a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose – doing what you were ‘meant’ to do.

Let me ask you, do you feel fulfilled in your life?

Financial statements are an integral part of business performance indicators. As owners are busy with the day to day operations; financial record keeping and performance reports are left for year-end with tax reporting.

Financial statements provide management relevant, reliable and comparable information that will help owners/managers make informed economic decisions.

Let’s begin with balance sheet; it’s a snap shot of a business at a specific interval and conveys the following:

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

What does being authentic really mean? In case you haven’t figured it out, success is an “inner game” and it’s not something that can be manipulated. Our authentic self is the sum of all our skills, talents and experience and knowledge. It is all of the things that are uniquely ours and need expression, rather than what we believe we are supposed to be and do.

Curious about how to be the real you?

Here are 10 things authentic people do differently:

1. They are driven to action by the inner-self rather than external triggers.

You attended a conference and now what do you do? Follow up is the biggest key to success when attending conferences or networking events. All those business cards you collected can’t be turned into leads without proper follow up.

Along with video training, I also lead a workshop on “How To Write And Deliver a 30 second Business Pitch That Will Knock The Socks Off Your Customer.”

Here’s how it looks.

I stand in front of a group of 25 women sitting in chairs and say, “Alright! One by one, please stand up and give us your business pitch!”

Here’s how it sounds.

Low guttural groans of pain. High whines. “Do we really HAVE to?”

This gobsmacks me. The opportunity to tell 25 women about you and your business is a gift! Free marketing! What an honour to share how you make a difference in the world.

Emotions provide valuable information about how we understand the world around us; and people who know their own emotions and are good at reading others’ emotions are more effective in the workplace.

Self-perception is the first area that contributes to emotional intelligence. This is about how we see or perceive ourselves.

There are three competencies that make up the self-perception area:
• Self-regard
• Self-actualization
• Emotional self-awareness

Let’s begin and discuss Self-Regard. Self-Regard - is the ability to accept yourself just the way you are – ‘warts and all’.