We all know that one leader that we aspire to. What was it that made them so good? And how can we emulate their success?
Authenticity is more than words
Authenticity in leadership is vitally important. Honesty, integrity and high ethical standards are essential leadership qualities needed to build trust, in both people and brands. Authenticity can make or break collaboration and cooperation.
Authenticity is more than words, it is actions. To ensure that we act with authenticity our actions and intentions need fulfil the implicit and explicit standards of our colleagues. When your actions are deemed unfair, or do not to live up to your intentions, authenticity is lost.
However, if we are authentic, we are more likely to be forgiven when we make poor decisions, authentic leaders know that they can fail as their engaged community will carry them through.
We must create opportunities of authentic engagement, facing our own failure, sharing weakness and doubt as well as conviction and strength. Listening more than talking and engaging with honesty in issues that are most significant to our work.
7 signs of authentic leadership
- You have a clear sense of integrity
- You know that it is not all about you
- You aren't afraid to be vulnerable
- Your actions mirror your words
- You don’t forget where you started
- You know you cannot do it all on your own
- You put others before yourself