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The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership

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The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership
Countless people have written on what it means to be a leader. And almost everyone identifies influence as the primary characteristic. By definition, this means that leadership and position are two different things. Holding a title and a high rung on the company org chart doesn't mean you're a leader.

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Exercising Integrity

Exercising Integrity

Not every leader is benevolent. Many leaders have insight, initiative, influence, and impact but their lives and legacies are tainted by a lack of integrity.

A great leader must have a life integrated with the highest values so the impact of his/her leadership is positive.

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Being Impactful

Being Impactful

The measure of leadership is the impact they have on their followers. How much of a difference they make.

They’re either instrumental in creating real lasting change, or they’re not leaders. They’re just entertainers.

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Exerting Influence

Exerting Influence

An authentic leader draws people and compels them to act with his vision and values. He also gives off a positive vibe and is good at persuading others to his point of view.

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Demonstrating Initiative

Demonstrating Initiative

Authentic leaders lead by example and don’t ask others to do what they are unwilling to do themselves.

This kind of behavior instills confidence and courage and communicates the kind of dedication that earns trust.

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Having Insight

Having Insight

Leaders need wisdom and discernment for the present. They need to be able to look at complex situations, gain clarity, and determine a course of action.

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Components of Authentic Leadership

  • Self-Awareness: be aware of your trengths, weaknesses, and values and displaying them to your team.
  • Relational Transparency: remain genuine, straightforward, and honest with your team. Display the behavior you hope to see in your employees.
  • Balanced Processing: stick to your values when making decisions, but remain open to discussions and alternatve options.
  • Doing the right thing: focus on doing the right thing for the long-term success of the business, not yours.

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  • Use self-reflection to better understand your behavior;
  • Practice regular self-observation to stay aware of your feelings at all times.
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    The morality tale

    Leadership has become a kind of morality tale: Leaders are supposed to be authentic and truthful, paying attention to their employees' well-being and building trust.

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    The moral framing of leadership does not consider the real complexities and difficulties that leaders face.

    Sometimes, being pragmatic necessitates doing seemingly bad things to achieve good results. This means that leaders may have to act in strategic misrepresentation, contrary to their own feelings.

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    Treat Others With Respect

    George Washington was a man of exceptional integrity who carried himself with dignity and self-confidence and was excessively loved among the masses.

    Whoever you’re talking to, treat them ...

    Always do The Right Thing

    Great leaders do the right thing even when no one’s watching. In the times of pseudo-leadership, it’s not hard to spot an authentic leader - someone who is fair, smart, and empathetic, like Martin Luther King Jr

    A true leader never shies away from voicing his opinions, breaking stereotypes, and doing the right thing - not just once but every single time.

    You Need Other People To Succeed

    Richard Branson knew that great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by teams.

    Branson aims to find the best candidate for a job, give them enough autonomy, then step back to give them a space to flourish. It not only benefits the business as a whole but also helps them to become a leader in their own right.