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What Is Authentic Leadership?

Self-Aware And Genuine

Authentic leaders are self-actualized individuals who are aware of their strengths, their limitations, and their emotions. They also show their real selves to their followers.

They do not act one way in private and another in public; they don’t hide their mistakes or weaknesses out of fear of looking weak. They also realize that being self-actualized is an endless journey.

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What Is Authentic Leadership?

What Is Authentic Leadership?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/05/12/what-is-authentic-leadership/

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Focusing On The Long-Term.

Authentic leaders focus on the long term. They realize that nurturing individuals and a company requires hard work and patience, but the approach pays large dividends over time.

Leading With Heart And Mind

Authentic leaders are not afraid to show their emotions, their vulnerability and to connect with their employees. They understand it doesn’t make them “soft” and that communicating in a direct but empathetic manner is critical to successful outcomes.

Mission-Driven And Goal Oriented

Authentic leaders are able to put the mission and the goals of the organization ahead of their own self-interest. They do the job in pursuit of results.

Self-Aware And Genuine

Authentic leaders are self-actualized individuals who are aware of their strengths, their limitations, and their emotions. They also show their real selves to their followers.

They do not act one way in private and another in public; they don’t hide their mistakes or weaknesses out of fear of looking weak. They also realize that being self-actualized is an endless journey.

Lack Of Authenticity

Many leaders try to be one way at work, while their “true” personality emerges outside of work. They think that leadership is an act.

These leaders are often confused when their employees don’t trust or like them, and can’t really wait to work elsewhere. 

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Characteristics Of Authentic Leaders
Characteristics Of Authentic Leaders
  • Rejecting the idea of adopting a different persona.
  • Being self-aware and knowing their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Focusing on delivering results, particularly in the long t...
Measuring Leadership

An authentic leader inspires trust and loyalty in employees and has the ability to influence others and contribute to an organization's success. And all that can be learned and assessed.

Challenges To Authentic Leadership

Critics believe that authentic leadership can promote rigidity in those who use it as an excuse for not evolving their ideas following new challenges, experiences and insights.

Critics also say that authentic leadership's belief in presenting one's true self, and not a persona, can prevent someone from being an effective leader. 

Servant leadership

Is a leadership philosophy that is built on the belief that the most effective leaders strive to serve others, rather than accrue power or take control. 

Servant leadership vs. other leadership styles

The authoritarian leadership style:

  • The authoritarian style of leadership requires leaders to have total decision-making power and absolute control over their subordinates. Servant leadership upends the top-down power structure.

Similar leadership styles:

  • Ethical leadership urges leaders to show respect for the values and dignity of their subordinates. Servant leadership's emphasis on taking responsibility for the needs and desires of others.
  • Participative leadership style requires leaders to involve subordinates in setting goals, building teams and solving problems but keep the final decision-making in their own hands. Servant leadership includes some of these elements.
Attributes of a servant leader
  • Listening. A servant leader seeks to identify the will of a group and helps to clarify that will.
  • Empathy. A servant leader assumes the good intentions of co-workers and does not reject them as people.
  • Healing. Understand part of their leadership responsibility is to help make whole employees whose sense of self is precarious.
  • Awareness.
  • Persuasion. Servant leaders rely on persuasion not positional authority or coercion, to convince others.
  • Conceptualization. Balancing between thinking big and managing everyday reality.
  • Foresight. The ability to understand the past and see the present clearly to predict how the future will unfold.
  • Stewardship. CEOs, staffs and trustees all have a responsibility to hold the institution "in trust" for the greater good of society.
  • Commitment to the growth of people. Feel a responsibility to nurture the growth of employees.
  • Building community. Find ways to build community in their institutions.
Authentic Leaders

They are people of the highest integrity, committed to building enduring organizations. They have a deep sense of purpose and self-discipline, are true to their core values, dare to build th...

Character, Not Style

Leadership has to do with who we are as human beings and the forces that shaped us. Style is the outward manifestation of one’s authentic leadership

Authentic leaders must adapt their styles to fit the situation and capabilities of their teammates.

Real And Genuine

You can’t pretend to be an authentic leader for long because people will eventually sense the lack of authenticity, and ultimately you will not gain the trust of your teammates.

If you are real and genuine people will see you as trustworthy and willing to learn, they will respond positively to requests for help in getting through difficult times.

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Authentic leadership

Is a management style in which leaders are genuine, self-aware, and transparent. 

An authentic leader is able to inspire loyalty and trust in her employees by consistently display...

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.
3 ways to practie self-awareness as a leader
  • Seek feedback from the environment;
  • Use self-reflection to better understand your behavior;
  • Practice regular self-observation to stay aware of your feelings at all times.
  • The concept of servant leadership
    The actual term for a leader who upends the power pyramid to put others' needs first was introduced by Robert Greenleaf in his influential 1970 essay "The Servant As Leader" in 1970.
    The 6 main principles of servant leadership
    1. Empathy. Give trusted co-workers the benefit of the doubt by assuming the good in them. It goes a long way toward instilling loyalty and trust in you from your team.
    2. Awareness. Care deeply about the welfare of the team members. Don't view them only as cogs in a machine.
    3. Building community. Build community where both employees and customers can thrive.
    4. Persuasion. Rely on persuasion rather than coercion to create internal motivation required to complete the task effectively.
    5. Conceptualization. Servant-leading entrepreneurs focus on the big picture and don't get overly distracted by daily operations and short-term goals.
    6. Growth. Care passionately about the personal and professional growth of each member of the team.
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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.

    Oversimplification

    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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    “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive..."

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    Vision

    Great leaders have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going. They are excellent at strategic planning.

    While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.

    Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill

    “Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”  

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    Focus on Employee Wellbeing

    The more stress-free and healthy an employee is, the more he will make the company great and prosperous.

    If more employers take care of their employees' personal growth, the employees will he...

    Meditation

    For clarity, stability and better mental health, meditation (or mindfulness) is a universally recognized training activity.

    Break from Work

    Breaks and time-outs lead to better productivity, as they allow the mind to form connections and help in creativity and even relationships.

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    Inspiration alone is not enough
    Inspiration alone is not enough

    Just as leaders who deliver only performance may do so at a cost that the organization is unwilling to bear, those who focus only on inspiration may find that they motivate the masses but a...

    Inspiring leaders

    The leaders that inspire are those who use a personal combination of strengths to motivate individuals and teams to take on bold missions and to hold them accountable for results.

    And they unlock higher performance through empowerment, not thorough command and control.

    Becoming an Inspiring Leader
    • You only need centeredness: a state of mindfulness that enables leaders to remain calm under stress, empathize, listen deeply, and remain present.
    • Your key strength has to match how your organization creates value.
    • You have to behave differently if you want your employees to do so.
    Charismatic Leadership Style

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    History of charismatic leadership
    • In medieval times, leadership was mostly based on tradition. Most people never met their leaders and leadership was legitimized by the divine right of kings - charisma was not needed.
    • The 19th and the 20th century were full of charismatic leaders. Technological (newspaper, radio, and TV) allowed leaders to transport their charisma over long distances.
    • Our current globalized world and access to social media have led to another rise in charismatic leaders. On Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, many people support leaders solely based on their charisma.
    Dangers of charismatic leadership

    Most of the dangers of the charismatic movement relate to this power.

    • Charismatic leaders lose support more quickly than other types of leaders.
    • They have to clearly be the best person for the job at hand – always and in any situation. This is why they often engage in a cult of personality and become resistant to criticism.
    • Things that charismatic leaders do to maintain their power are precisely the things that diminish it when their business, country, or other undertaking encounters problems.
    • When charismatic leaders use their position to motivate their followers to do things they would not normally do, the followers often feel betrayed once they suspect that they might not get the expected payoff. 
    • They often eventually take the praise of their followers too seriously and show narcissistic traits. They consider criticism as disobedience and expect total loyalty. 

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