The Importance of Authenticity in Leadership
There are leaders who value authenticity. They are not in their leadership role just for the paycheck, to impress someone, or even just because it is a natural progression in their careers. These leaders do not follow the status quo, and they do not blame everyone else when things go wrong.
Instead, leaders who value authenticity are true to their values, and they are not willing to compromise them just because it's expected. When things go wrong, they look first at themselves as they know that the actions of a leader can impact the actions of those they lead. And they are always looking for ways to improve themselves.
These are the leaders that are an inspiration to others. Even people who do not necessarily agree with that leader's opinions or ways of doing things cannot help but respect them.
It is easy to see that the mission of authentic leaders is one that is geared to improvement, whether that be within the leader or in the organization they work for. They truly believe that the decisions they make are the right ones and will result in something positive. And it is hard not to have faith that they will complete the mission as they believe in it fully.
While employees may follow all of their leaders as it is their duty, it is the authentic leaders that invoke the employees’ trust, loyalty, respect, and inspiration to improve themselves just as they see their leader do.
You have the power to inspire your employees to be their best selves and to reach their own goals simply by being true to yourself. Reach out to The Red Tulip today to learn how to be a truly authentic leader that your employees willingly follow.