Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.– Lance Secretan
We’ve talked about authentic leadership in the past; how it impacts the workplace, relationships, performance and profits.
When you hear “authentic leadership”, what does that mean to you? Some describe it as:
- Being self-aware
- Being transparent
- Being true to yourself and others
- Sharing your strengths
- Understanding and developing your weaknesses
- The “Real Deal”Wikipedia says the following:
Authentic leadership is an approach to leadership that emphasizes building the leader’s legitimacy through honest relationships with followers which value their input and are built on an ethical foundation.
The words that stand out for us are LEGITIMACY, HONEST, VALUE and ETHICAL. Do a quick self-assessment and score yourself on the importance of those words, and how they align with your behaviors.
- How’d you do?
- Now assess your boss – how’d they do?
Other things to reflect on include:
- What’s the purpose of my leadership?
- Does my current profession utilize my talents?
- Do I ever check my beliefs at the office door?
- How often do I feel pressured to compromise my values?
- Can I develop close relationships with my subordinates and still achieve my objectives?
To be truly authentic, validate what’s important to you and align your personal and professional lives accordingly. As a leader, help others do the same. What would it take for you to be known as the “Real Deal”?
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We’re more authentic when we’re willing to be vulnerable.