Leadership success starts with authenticity — doing our jobs without compromising our values and personality. People trust us when we are true to ourselves, and that trust makes it possible to get things done.
Authentic leader reflects upon all of their actions and decisions and examines their own strengths and weaknesses without any bias. They put in a lot of effort to overcome their fears and uses their strengths to the maximum.
Authentic leaders believe in open communication and combine it with empathy to achieve success,” James Angel, Co-Founder of DYL, said. “They present a similar public and private image. They are not scared to disclose their weaknesses and flaws and be themselves.
Be true to yourself when it's time to lead. When you lead with authenticity, stick to your values and communicate what you believe in, others will trust you and follow. If you lead authentically you set an example for the rest of the organization.
10 Characteristics of Authentic Leadership
- Sense of purpose. Authentic leaders rely on purpose and vision to achieve long-term goals.
- Self-discipline. Strong self-discipline goes along with purpose and vision.
- Strong values.
- Compassion and heart.
- People-centered connections.
- Focus on improvement.
How do leaders build trust at work through authenticity?
By focusing on its core drivers: authenticity, logic, and empathy. People tend to trust you when they think they're interacting with the real you, have faith in your judgment and competence, and believe you care about them.