Learn the Process to Defining and Understanding your Potential for Becoming an Authentic Leader and Inspire Meaningful Success
We first heard the term “authentic leadership” as a management concept back in 2003 when author Bill George challenged corporate America to lead authentically in his book – Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value.
He pointed out that “authentic leaders of mission-driven companies will create far greater shareholder value than financially oriented companies.” It was in the wake of the 2001 Enron corporate scandal and the world was generally distrustful of big business.
The book was an urgent call for a new kind of leader – the authentic business leader.
Defining the Authentic Leader
Over the years, readers of the book, notably c-suite executives, have acknowledged the need for authentic leaders and wanted to become one themselves.
So, what does it take to become an authentic leader?
An authentic leader must stake personal integrity and responsibility in the pursuit of meaningful and lasting success.
According to Bill George, authentic leaders are driven by a moral and ethical purpose and never lose sight of their core values and principles. They lead with their hearts, cultivate long-term relationships and demonstrate excellence through self-discipline.
To further illustrate the elements that define authentic leadership, let’s contrast them with traditional leadership traits.
You do not have to be naturally gifted with leadership traits, or be at the top of your organisation to become an authentic leader. You do not have to ask for permission or wait to be discovered. You only need to be responsible for your self-improvement.
Authentic leadership demands that you aim to be a force for good by learning to be your best self. To be an authentic leader then is an attainable ideal – everyone has the potential to become one by committing to “learn-by-doing”
Begin to carve your path to leading authentically by reflecting on these questions –
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