“Authentic leadership have a hugely positive impact in teams, including increased trust, engagement, cohesion and improved performance”, says Steve Johnson, co-faculty lead of the program ‘Leading with Self-Awareness‘
Authentic leadership is a style of leadership that emphasizes a presentation of the leader as a person first, role second. This style of leadership encourages leaders to demonstrate their natural, positive psychological capacities, as well as their ethical and honest relationships with their team.
The concept of authentic leadership is based on the idea that the most effective leaders are those who are true to themselves and lead from a place of honesty, integrity and values.
While there is no single “formula” for authentic leadership, because of individual differences and the way different contexts shape leadership behaviour, evidence suggests there are capabilities that authentic leaders demonstrate including the following:
- Understanding one’s own values strengths, weaknesses, relational and emotional style.
- Understanding how others see you and your behaviour.
- Demonstrating a clear understanding of how one’s behaviour impacts others.
- Be open and honest in relationships with others.
- Sharing one’s true thoughts and feelings and encouraging others to do the same.
- Objectively analysing all relevant data before, making a decision.
- Seeking out diverse perspectives and considering opposing viewpoints.
Ethical Decision Making
- Acting in accordance with one’s values and principles.
- Demonstrating a strong commitment to doing what is right.
Social Identity Creation
- Creating a compelling vision of the future that inspires a sense of “us”.
- Building social capital through challenge, support and high standards.
- Finding unique ways to recognise outstanding performance and celebrate success.
Demonstrate Authentic Behaviour/Action
- Aligning actions with one’s values and beliefs.
- Demonstrating consistency and integrity in all interactions.
Authentic Leadership in Practice represents:
– Reflect Regularly: Spend time in self-reflection to enhance self-awareness.
– Foster Trust: Build trustful relationships through honesty and transparency.
– Promote Openness: Encourage open communication and value diverse opinions.
– Lead by Example: Model ethical behaviour and uphold high moral standards.
– Be Consistent: Ensure consistency between words and actions.
– Show Your True Self: Don’t be afraid to show your true self, including your weaknesses.
– Encourage Authenticity in Others: Create an environment where others feel safe to be their authentic selves.
– Continuous Learning: Be open to feedback and committed to personal growth.
Authentic leadership have a hugely positive impact in teams, including increased trust, engagement, cohesion and improved performance.
Most importantly authentic leadership inspires genuine followership over the long term, which is often challenging for leaders to sustain.
However, authentic leadership requires a genuine commitment to personal development and a willingness to be vulnerable and open with others. For most leaders this is the most challenging part.
‘Leading with Self-Awareness‘ is an innovative leadership program that focuses key areas of modern neuroscience to help leaders develop and integrate a nuanced emotional toolkit into their leadership practice.