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What's Authentic Leadership & How Do You Practice It

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 displaying who she/he really is as a person, and how she/he feels about her employees' performance. 

Authentic leadership is the single strongest predictor of an employee's job satisfaction.

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What's Authentic Leadership & How Do You Practice It

What's Authentic Leadership & How Do You Practice It

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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 displaying who she/he really is as a person, and how she/he feels about her employees' performance. 

Authentic leadership is the single strongest predictor of an employee's job satisfaction.

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.
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    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.

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    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. 

    Peter Drucker

    "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

    Peter Drucker
    Change Leadership Styles

    Sometimes a teammate needs a warm hug. Sometimes the team needs a visionary, a new style of coaching, someone to lead the way or even, on occasion, a kick in the bike shorts. 

    For that reason, great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal and the best tool for the job.

    Daniel Goleman’s leadership styles
    1. Pacesetting leader - “Do as I do, now”: expects and models excellence and self-direction. 
    2. Authoritative leader - “Come with me”: mobilizes the team toward a common vision.
    3. Affiliative leader - “People come first”:  works to create emotional bonds that bring a feeling of belonging.
    4. Coaching leader - "Try this": develops people for the future.
    5. Coercive leader - “Do what I tell you”: demands immediate compliance.
    6. Democratic leader - “What do you think?": builds consensus through participation.