“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken”.
Authentic Leadership is rooted in positive psychology and can lead to greater self-awareness and regulated behavior of leaders. This leadership style continues to grow and can be applied to multiple organizations and work settings.
Authentic Leadership can be used to create positive work outcomes and improve organizational performance. Authentic leaders are true to themselves, to others and are trusted by all levels. Authentic leaders seek continued growth and can align thoughts, feelings and actions. They are humble and consistent; this can be a positive predictor of direct report satisfaction.
The four components or variables of Authentic Leadership are: self-awareness, internalized moral perspective, balanced processing and relational transparency.
- Self-awareness: the authentic leader has a full understanding of their strengths, values, weaknesses and how others view their leadership
- Relational Transparency: the authentic leader presents authentic self to build trust. They are consistent with words, thoughts and actions.
- Internalized Moral Perspective: ability to integrate personal morals with self-perspective. The leader must be self-aware to understand how their internal morals influence their actions.
- Balanced Processing: the authentic leader can view both sides of an issue (positive and negative) before deciding. This encourages the leader to seek multiple views and opinions and eliminates taking a defensive position when information is received.
- My research shows direct report job satisfaction is best explained when leaders display balanced processing.
Authentic Leadership implications for the work place
- Interventions are received better
- Work place efficiency improves
- Encourages direct reports engagement
- The leader is approachable, trusted, influential and displays relational interactions with direct reports
How can you leverage Authentic Leadership in your work environment? How would an Authentic leader impact your current work place?
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”
Having a mentor is an excellent way to walk into the future. A mentor can help with your personal and professional growth. I recommend having multiple mentors who can give you different perspectives and maximize your efforts to walk into the future.
Identify someone who has expertise in an area you are interested in. Use your current network to help identify a mentor if you don’t have direct connections with the right person.
Reach out to a potential mentor and let them know your needs and gauge their ability to serve as your mentor. Remember, this person will be ‘giving’ their time to help you grow so make sure the fit works for you both.
You should be responsible for setting the agenda whenever you meet with your mentor. Provide them with regular updates so they can be prepared to sit with you. This ensures your time together is productive.
I let my mentees identify the day, time and agenda for our regular meetings. This helps them take charge of their meeting and helps keep us on track to meet their stated goals. I find myself learning and growing during my sessions as much as my mentees. This is another form of networking and I enjoy being a mentor.
I have multiple mentors and see my personal and professional growth expanding due to mentors who have ‘reached back’ to help me. I continue to have my eyes open for new mentors to help my walk into the future.
How can you leverage a mentor/mentee relationship for growth? Who can you mentor to help them move forward?
Note: Received text messages from two of my mentees on the same day—they both accepted offers for new positions—well done!
For by wise counsel you will wage your own war. And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 24:6)
Make it a great day!
Had a fascinating text message conversation with one of my favorite people and friend. She identifies on her LinkedIn profile as a ‘Destiny Activator’. This means she is very adept helping people discover their true calling in life or more specifically their ‘Why’.
She was working on a keynote speech for a large conference and decided to include a little about me in her speech. She was the first person I mentioned the concept ‘Walk into the Future’ to and she wanted to gauge my progress on the project.
She asked me the following questions:
- What is your why? The purpose why you show up every day for what you do
- How does your purpose keep you going during the difficult seasons?
It took me a little time to fully understand her questions and then formulate a response she could use in her keynote address.
My ‘why’ is to impact people in a positive way to leave them better than when I found them. This includes normal conversations, consulting sessions, mentoring opportunities or just when they have questions or concerns. Making a positive difference has always been my mantra and now I can say this is my purpose why I show up every day for what I do.
I review who I have helped in the past and see them giving back to someone else. This is how my purpose keeps me moving forward during the difficult seasons. I view people I have helped as ‘roots or branches’ to my tree of life.
Don’t think I would have formulated this concept without my friend asking me these pointed questions. I am happy she asked me, and very excited she wanted to highlight me during her keynote address. Looks like my ‘why’ is still going strong!
What is your why? How does your purpose keep you going during the difficult seasons?
What motivates you?
I would guess things quite different from what motivates me
The drive I seek comes from things I have seen
Some good, some bad
Some fair, some foul
The secret here is to use them all
Never let the opinion of others sway your desire
To reach the pinnacle you aspire
Continue to work to meet and exceed your goals
Remind the doubters you are in control
Dreams will become reality soon enough
Got to keep working because life can be rough
Find your motivation, live your dreams
A motivated life is a wonderful sight to be seen
What motivates/inspires you? How can you leverage this daily to walk into the future?
Who can you inspire today to do great things? Reach out and share this power to make the world better!
Walk into the Future signifies the ability to understand tomorrow is coming and you should not be afraid to move forward. The way you decide to walk into the future will be your own unique journey. Chart your course and then work to navigate your way towards the life goals you decide to create. Use your time to explore and find what makes you happy on this new journey. Examples include:
- Take that vacation you have been putting off
- Decide to create your own blog to document your walk into the future
- Make time for family and friends (again)
- Discover new talents you may have or wanted to explore
- Live life the way you want to
The specifics of these examples can be worked out in more detail but leverage this concept to guide your journey.
My first ‘walk’ was to head down to Negril, Jamaica to enjoy the food, sun and culture. This experience was a way to unwind and recharge my mental focus. I was able to catch up on some long overdue reading for personal enjoyment. The ability to consume works by my favorite authors brings me a lot of joy, so this was an added benefit of walking into the future via my trip to Negril. Time for naps was readily available and enjoyed during this phase as well. What’s a trip to Negril, Jamaica without a trip to Rick’s Café to watch people (tourists and locals) take turns cliff diving. The reggae is awesome, and the sunsets are great at Rick’s Café. Being there enjoying the irie vibe is a tremendous way to unwind and enjoy the island.
This recharge will be used to launch several 2018 projects to bring me closer to who I want to be (professional and personal) and to bring a new level of good to my community. The charge is to make a difference daily!
Enjoy the process! Walk—don’t run!