Are you the most authentic you can be as a leader? Are you living a life of authenticity? “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me” was the #1 regret of the dying as quoted in the book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”. I struggle with being fully authentic myself. It takes a lot of courage. That’s why I invited Tana Heminsley of Authentic Leadership Global to write about her purpose journey. I was inspired by her vulnerability in sharing all parts of who she is. In this write-up she shares publically for the first time some of the early childhood challenges that made her who she is today. Here’s Tana.
I was introduced recently to Bethany Connor, the author of a new book “Cherished”, and an Army Nurse Corps Officer. She was introduced by a friend and we set up some time to talk on the phone. Within the first couple of minutes of our phone conversation, I was struck by her authenticity. I resonated with her story of how she had tried to define herself through her job, being in control, and running on a hamster wheel of accomplishments.
A crisis of job and family is what it took to wake her up to finding out who she really was. Indeed for those of us who face crisis, it is truly a beckoning to discover who we really are. Here is her story.