WHAT IS AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP?

What is Authentic Leadership?

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In today’s business climate, everyone is a leader in some respect. But are you leading authentically? Being a truly effective leader now requires that you show up as a whole person, with your personal values intact and your purpose clearly defined. In other words, who you are at home and who you are at work should match up.

Leading authentically means getting to the core of what you care about, who you are as a unique individual and how to become the best you can be. After all, the first person you need to lead before you can lead anyone else is yourself, and that means becoming everything you want your team to be in terms of attitudes, behaviors and actions.

Authentic leadership also consists of the following components:

SELF-AWARENESS:
Leaders who are self-aware can use this to harness their emotions into strong, productive communications that get things done.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE:
With high EQ, emotions aren’t scary or squelched but rather are used dynamically to achieve results. Instead of reacting, leaders respond in a calm, rational and organized fashion.

COLLABORATION:
This is the norm, not the exception. Competition and “winning” are replaced by honest communication. Everyone is part of the process and infighting is not acceptable. Relationships are valued.

COMMUNICATION:
High-level communication is present at all times. Non-productive communication is lessened or eliminated altogether.

TRANSFORMATION:
Authentic leaders inspire people to perform by evoking internal transformation. When this occurs, people don’t follow because they have to but because the want to. They consciously choose to follow because they feel and know that it’s the right path forward.

CULTURE OF VALUES:
The company culture is one where personal values are incorporated into organizational actions, and where leaders excel and all are empowered to achieve more than they thought possible.

When all of these things are present, the bottom line naturally goes up.

As your coach, I will be the strength that allows you to be your most authentic self. I can say with assurance that once you connect into that authenticity, you will become more fully alive and aware in all aspects of your work and your life. From that radiant space, the possibilities are endless.

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