It’s everywhere: books, coaches, seminars on the why, the what, the who, and the how. In my mind, it’s almost overkill. But the sad truth is that even with all of that help we’re desperately looking for authentic leadership.
In our society, in politics, in corporate America, in education systems, within our homes, within professional organizations, authentic leadership is really tough to find.
Authentic leadership works on the principle that leaders can prove their legitimacy, their credibility, by nurturing sincere relationships with whomever they’re leading. Notice I did not say “I am the leader, follow me!” It isn’t about the title. It really is nurturing sincere relationships.
An authentic leader encourages their followers to be more open. They appreciate their support in the success of the organization. When you want to be an authentic leader, it’s pretty tough. It’s a pretty high standard, and it takes a while to do.
This is something you have to be pretty intentional about. If you are a true authentic leader, you’ll have certain characteristics. You probably won’t have all 10 that I’ve come up with, but you have to have some of these or be working on them.