What Does it Mean to Be an Authentic Leader?

Posted by Creatiq Support | Monday, November 12, 2018

What Does it Mean to Be an Authentic Leader?

Posted by Creatiq Support | Monday, November 12, 2018

It’s hard being a leader. People look up to you and follow your example. They notice when you make mistakes. They probably talk about you when you’re not around. You have a responsibility to set a positive attitude in the workplace, even when you don’t feel positive at all. All that pressure can lead to some serious leadership meltdowns. Here’s a tip about authenticity that helps keep you real and on top of your game.

What’s the Buzz about Authenticity?
Authenticity is one of those buzz words flying around HR departments and leadership development classes. Basically, it’s a fancy way of saying, “Be yourself!” When you are authentic you are

the real thing
true to yourself
genuine

Do you know anyone who is not authentic? You can probably think of someone who
leaves a false impression
acts differently in different settings
can be unreliable
is shifty

Why Should a Leader Be Authentic?
Your work team needs a leader they can trust. If you are not reliable, or your team can’t figure out why you act the way you do, then you are actually untrustworthy. On the flip side, if you are being yourself, people can count on you. There are no surprises or shiftiness to watch out for.

How Do You Be Authentic When You’re Having a Bad Day?
We all have bad days, even leaders. If all eyes are on you, shouldn’t you keep face by pretending your day is going great? No. Pretense is usually more transparent than you think. Your team will see right through your phony attitude and wonder why you’re not being genuine. An authentic leader will have a bad day, and a good authentic leader will make wise decisions. Is your day so bad that you can’t do your job? Then be honest and up front. Make a wise decision to take a day off. Are you stressed out in the middle of a long meeting? Admit it. Cut the meeting short, and set a second meeting for another day. When you are capable of being honest with your team, you’ll probably learn that they are capable of being kind and understanding of your shortcomings. 

An authentic leader is an honest leader. Set an example of authenticity in your workplace, and you’ll set the groundwork for a more trusting team.