Summary (Authentic Gravitus)

Some questions to help you explore your level of gravitus, ie self-awareness, intent, impact, legacy or foot-print, etc

- What kind of colleague, team member, adviser, etc do you want to be?

- How do you share knowledge and ideas?

- Do your personal goals align with, and help achieve, your organisation's vision and purpose?

- What made you the type of leader/professional you are?

- How do you help yourself and others acquire new skills and adopt new behaviours?

- What type of work environment do you want to create?


"...professionals lead themselves and are able influence and facilitate others achieving collective goals. They take responsibility and are able to contribute in a positive, significant way to lead the conversation, lead the project, and lead through challenges, regardless of position......Self leadership was positively associated with active styles of leading (transactional and transformational leadership) and negatively associated with passive styles of leadership (laisser-faire leadership). Transactional leadership refers to the exchange of processes between leaders and followers. Transformational leaders also look to further develop their followers. A transformational leader establishes high standards and goals; giving meaning, purpose, and direction to followers and their work; leads followers with enthusiasm, inspiration, charisma, motivation and emotions; creates an atmosphere of intrinsic motivation......self-leadership is positively related to your individual performance..."

Rebecca Newton, 2019 "... Having a high degree of gravitas at work means you are taken seriously, the contributions are considered important, you are recognised as having substantial value, and you are trusted and respected. People gravitate towards you......Authentic gravitas comes when we make its contribution intentional and courageous, in line with our values and our unique strengths...... they are deliberate about it: clear about their goals, impact and influence, and courageous and disciplined in choosing to act on those intentions......creates relationships that are rooted in trust and mutual respect.....Have a powerful impact by drawing on intra-and interpersonal power rather than relying on hierarchical power...

Rebecca Newton, 2019

There is no one personality type most suitable to gravitas, ie people who have gravitas display behaviours and preferences across the full spectrum of personality types, like

"...It's not standing out the room for the sake of being's to be be respected and trusted, and to be worthy of that respect and trust; to stand out for making a positive, significant impact in their immediate sphere of influence. But they want to stand out as themselves, holding true to their own values, rather than pretending to be someone else or simply copying another style: 'I still want to be me'..."

Rebecca Newton, 2019

This will help bring out these qualities in others

"...research shows: people with gravitas 'lead the room', regardless of their place in the hierarchy; they respect authority but don't wait for a title change to take ownership and make a positive difference. They are able to close the inevitable gap between their intention and the impact. These commitments and behaviours are not reserved for a precious few; authentic gravitas is not restricted to those of certain age, gender, personality or any other personal is based on mindset, behaviours, and skills that we can choose to develop.....they......learn, reflect, add value, and simultaneously reframe and challenge in the best possible way..."

Rebecca Newton, 2019


"...To have gravitas is be clear about your convictions (what really matters in a given situation), be clear about your intention (how you want to show up and impact that situation and the people in it), the discipline in checking that your impact is lining up with your intention (through your observations and seeking feedback), and being committed to continually adapting your style......What separates those who have authentic gravitas from those who don't are typically just a few small differences found within their thinking and actions..."

Rebecca Newton, 2019

To develop authentic gravitates, it needs to be prioritised.

NB Habits and busyness can restrict gravitas development

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