Authentic Leadership

Stand out from the crowd and be authentice

Why Authentic Leadership is important in organisations

Authentic leadership emphasises the development of a leader’s legitimacy through honest and open relationships with their followers. Hence, they are positive people who promote an open and honest culture amongst their people.

This article is aimed to help you identify the positive impact of Authentic Leadership in an organisation. Furthermore, it also looks at the key traits:

What does Authenticity mean?

The definition of authenticity refers to the proven fact that something is legitimate or real. 

It means from the source or origin. 

We see authenticity in people from all walks of life, who are really comfortable in their own skin. They say things with compassion and awareness. Hence, they are not afraid to be honest and give constructive feedback.  We tend to trust Authentic people because they are genuine and real, natural and human, whom are able to build sustainable relationships. 

It is important to create an authentic and open culture in an organisation.  Here are some key reasons why:-

Organisational Culture – Authentic

Studies have long shown how authenticity in the workplace positively impacts:-

•        Job satisfaction.

•        Employee engagement.

•        Organisational and Employee performance.

•        Positive development of strong, sustainable and trusting relationships.

•        Trust, respect and transparency.

Organisational Culture – In-authentic

Hence the effects of In-Authentic leadership in the workplace:

•     Prevents innovation and progress.

•     Creates mistrust, disrespect and apprehension in a team or across the            organisation.

•     Poor communication leading to a lack of honesty and transparency.

•     Causes people to feel stressed resulting in higher absenteeism and/or              turnover of staff.

•     People feel dictated to and un-empowered.

Self Reflection and Authentic Leadership

Key Traits of an Authentic Leader:

The need to do some self reflection and understand four key components:

1.        Self-awareness – own strengths, limitations, and values.

2.        Transparency – being honest and straightforward with others.

3.        Fair-mindedness – how people are managed and conflicts are dealt with i.e no hidden agendas.

4.        Strong Values and moral perspective – values that drives someone to ‘do the right thing’. 

Furthermore, …. Authentic leadership breeds an environment where people know they are empowered to manage and take their own paths.’

If you want to know more about Authentic Leadership and are interested in developing an authentic organisational culture, contact me to discuss on 07702 818665.

Finally, you can also read my self-help book ‘Behind the Mask’ about authenticity and how to live an authentic, successful and happy life and make the necessary changes to achieve it.