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Being a leader in the business world takes skills – diverse and well-rounded ones at that. Someone in a leadership role has to be commanding yet kind, thoughtful yet quick-thinking and hands-off when the situation calls for it. There are many interpersonal skills that can be refined in seminars and training sessions, and there are others that don't even seem necessary in the business world. The best way for a leader to be successful is for that person to be his or her most genuine self. 

Finding the inner path
Getting on the road to self-discovery might not seem like the best way to further business operations, but it is in fact a viable method for obtaining and keeping professional relationships. It seems that vendors, customers or associates have a sixth sense when it comes to gauging the authenticity of a company. Genuine practices don't have any sort of veiled agenda or shady intentions, and others will undoubtedly pick up on that.

The Harvard Business Review suggested that those seeking to bolster their self-awareness monitor goals and track their progress. It's one thing to want improvements and fight tooth and nail to achieve successes, but it's quite another to gauge projects and have the conversations that plow the path to victory. This simple journaling approach can help the business down the line, as leaders can reference what worked and who helped before. This is one step of many on the path to becoming a more self-aware and a more genuine leader. 

Achieving the best self
Outside of the office, healthy friendships are forged on honesty and openness. This principle applies in the business world as well. Putting on a fake face might seem like a good idea, but it takes a concerted effort and doesn't foster the other party's confidence in the relationship. Entrepreneur asserted that the regular self is bound to yield better results than the knock-off of the real thing. Customers are more likely to return for a second visit and vendors will feel far more inclined to do business again with an authentic person — they're much better partners than a second-rate version of the same person. 

Business relationships can be tricky beasts. Finding the healthy balance between reaching objectives and building healthy relationships can be difficult for some leaders, but if honesty is the best policy on the playground, then it must be applicable in the boardroom as well. Becoming the genuine self might feel vulnerable or open to criticism, but others respond well to authenticity and positive influence, and a better response to a business leader is best for the business overall. 

It was Oscar Wilde who once said: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." This remains true in the world of enterprise as well. It's smart to see how other businesses achieve success and to perhaps model some traits of tried and true entrepreneurs, but this process of emulation should stop short of outright imitation. Putting the best self out into the world can yield success for business leaders both monetarily and emotionally.