The Entrepreneur Within – Authentic Leadership

The Entrepreneur Within has given me the tools I needed to add to my entrepreneur tool belt. I was able to understand that the journey to entrepreneurship was not in vain….nor traveled alone. When I think of entrepreneurship, I tend to revert back to the term LEADERSHIP. Even more so, Authentic Leadership is suitable for entrepreneurs. Are you an Authentic Leader? Authentic Leadership genuinely desire to serve others through their leadership…using their natural abilities while recognizing their shortcomings and work hard to overcome them (Bill George, 2003). Entrepreneurship, like Authentic Leadership is a lifetime of personal growth that fosters the idea of being your own person.

How many times have you questioned the journey to entrepreneurship? We all have at some point in time but found solace in knowing our passions drive us to move forward. I challenge you to P.U.S.H. T.H.R.U. – Pray Until Something Happen and Thank Him Repeatedly… Unselfishly. As an entrepreneur, we must hone our leadership style to be effective in leading as well as have the ability to adapt fitting to the situation.

I will leave you with this poem by Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, “Love after Love”:

The time will come

when, with elation,

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror,

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,


and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was yourself.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself,

To the stranger who has loved you all your life

whom you ignored for another, who knows your heart.

Take down the love letters form the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes

Sit. Feast on your life.


Become more comfortable with yourself and more authentic in your interactions with others.


Shaniqua Jones

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