Remind me...what is Authentic leadership?

Remind me...what is Authentic leadership?

Remind me, what is Authentic Leadership?

 We are constantly being bombarded with leadership buzzwords such as authentic or servant leadership. But what does it mean, why is it important and how do you do it?

 Wikipedia tells us...

 "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. Generally, authentic leaders are positive people with truthful self-concepts who promote openness"

 Three words stand out for me here.

1. Legitimacy

Positional power is good to have but draining to use all day long. Make no mistake, leadership is not all sunshine and rainbows, sometimes you need to take a stand but unless your team members buy into your leadership, it's going to be tough!

Key idea: "If your position was up for elections would anyone vote for you?"

Getting their head and hands in the game will work in the short term but winning their hearts is the key to long term success. Strategy beats tactics every time.

 2. Relationships

 Do we need any more evidence to prove that we will go the extra mile for leaders we have great professional relationships with?

Key idea: Win the crowd, but start with one. Be curious about what your team members’ personal motive for action is. Then help them be the best versions of themselves every day.

3. Ethical

Your every word, movement and action is being scrutinized as a leader. Check your behaviour against your rank-ordered values and Tony Robbins four classes of experience. If you wouldn't want your actions on the front page of the newspaper or someone's Facebook rant, then be impeccable with your words and actions.

Key idea: You have to do the right thing. Find out what the right thing is by asking yourself what type of experience this is, then make your decision about what to do next.


Class One                                                     Class Two

It feels good.                                                 It doesn't feel good.

It's good for you.                                          It's good for you.

It's good for others.                                     It's good for others.

It serves the greater good.                         It serves the greater good.


Class Three                                                    Class Four

It feels good.                                                   It doesn't feel good.

It's not good for you.                                     It's not good for you.

It's not good for others.                                It's not good for others.

It doesn't serve the greater good.               It doesn't serve the greater good.


When you are clear about who you are as a person, then you can start working on who you are as a leader. The shorter the gap between those two points, the more authentic you will be, and that’s when the leadership “magic” happens.

Make your leadership count.

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