Like us, I’m sure you’ve met a manager or leader who acts one way at work and another when they are outside socializing.
It isn’t surprising in our world of Social Media that people only show one part of their lives, whilst covering a more genuine side of themselves. What is surprising is leaders who seem disappointed when their employees simply don’t trust them, like them, and can’t wait for them to leave.
As always, the Bard summed it up for us in his line from Hamlet:
“To thy own self be true.”
But what does it mean to be an authentic leader?
Whilst different people have different views, most agree that these four points make Leaders more authentic, liked and followed than any others.
Authentic leaders are self-aware and genuine. Authentic leaders are aware of their strengths, limitations, and emotions. They do not fear revealing themselves to others; they don’t hide their mistakes or weaknesses out of fear of looking weak. They realize that being self-aware is a journey that has no specific destination other than the knowledge of being able to travel well.
Authentic leaders are focus driven on results. As a Leader they choose to focus on the greater good of the many rather than themselves. They carry out their goals driven by a purpose, not power, money or ego.
Authentic leaders do not fear vulnerability, or afraid to share their emotions in order to connect with their people. This is done with empathy, directness and critical way that’s positive and constructive.
Authentic leaders focus on long-term. A key ingredient in this type of authentic leadership is to focus on growing over a longer period with people and goals. This enables the individual to nurture and expect hard work over a consistent period that pays larger dividends over time.
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