Many leaders are unaware of how their lack of authenticity chips away at people, breeding dissatisfaction, distrust, and disloyalty. Organizational effectiveness and productivity suffer when workers view leaders as inauthentic.

One out of three people distrusts his or her employer, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. Four out of five don’t see authenticity in their leaders’ performance. When only 20 percent of leaders come across as genuine, they risk handicapping their organizations with insufficient influence, poor worker engagement and, ultimately, disappointing corporate results.

People want to be led well. They want assurance that their best interests are important and that their future is in safe hands. They need to believe their leaders will make sound, effective decisions. Inauthentic leaders destroy employee confidence.

The Real Deal

Authenticity is an emotionally vital state of well-being for employees—one that heavily relies on a leader’s consistent trueness, explains consultant Karissa Thacker in The Art of Authenticity (Wiley, 2016). The author suggests that leaders recognize this principle as irrefutable in order to enhance interdependence. The best leaders undergo continual self-assessment and improvement to convert habitual behaviours into authentic ones.

Being authentic encompasses several other key leadership mandates:

  1. Be self-aware.
  2.  Earn respect.
  3. Connect.
  4. Convey credibility.
  5. Earn trust.

Successful leaders optimize each of these behaviours to develop character and broaden influence. In next week’s blog post we’ll start taking a more in depth look at each of these mandates. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences – you can reach me here or on LinkedIn.

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