Authentic Leadership


“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become.  If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” –Oprah Winfrey

Many of us have two sides to our personality, living two separate but integrated lives, home and work.  In order to fit in with the organisational culture and work environment, we adjust our behaviour and personality in order to fit into the corporate mould to meet their expectations.  To be authentic in both our home and professional lives we need to be true to ourselves and let others see who we really are.

Being in-authentic leads to us feeling uncomfortable with who we are and the role that we are playing.  If we are not living our true values and hiding behind a mask or facade we feel unfulfilled, unhappy and sometimes, overwhelmed with situations and people.  When we are being in-authentic we become transparent and this results in lack of trust and respect by others.   Furthermore, in terms of leadership within an organisation this leads to us being ineffective and has an impact on our team(s).  The potential impacts are loss of productivity, respect, motivation, breakdown of working relationships and more…..

Being Authentic inspires others to achieve results

If however, individuals are authentic in their leadership approach, they will find they are more effective, inspiring, approachable, productive and respected.  The word authentic means ‘genuiness’.  In terms of leadership, this means that every leader is different.  Authentic leadership is about identifying and playing to your strengths and addressing weaknesses.

“Individuals do not make good carbon copies of one another, but only pale shadow whenever they attempt to imitate”.    –Sir Meredith Belbin

Just look at some famous leaders of our time:

  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • Maggie Thatcher
  • Barack Obama
  • Martin Luther King
  • Nelson Mandela


They all have similar leadership traits.  Behaviours such as:-

  • Trust
  • Communication (orators)
  • Belief in their cause
  • Accountability
  • Courage
  • Vision
  • Inspiration
  • Confidence
  • Decision making
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Tenacity
  • Drive


Authentic leaders are inspiring, self-aware and effective

“To be an authentic is to be the same person to others as you are to yourself.  In part that entails paying attention to what others think of you, particularly people whose opinions you esteem and who will be candid in their feedback”

The Harvard Business Review (the Focused Leader, Dec 2013)


Are you an authentic leader?

Does your organisation have a culture of ‘authentic leadership’?

 If the answers to the above are no then you need our help.  We offer personalised one:one coaching programmes or training programmes such as ‘Behind the Mask’ .  Don’t hesitate – call us today on 07702 818665 or contact us: