The key purpose of authentic leadership is the evolution of consciousness resulting in leaders becoming more aware that everything is connected. Leadership decisions made at a higher level of consciousness have a greater degree of integrity, ethics, and sense of responsibility.
Previous research has shown that authentic leadership is the main predictor for employee satisfaction, company loyalty and workplace happiness. People will not follow a leader who they feel is unauthentic. Unauthentic behaviour creates mistrust and significantly reduces productivity in organizations.
Authentic leadership is key not just for these new workplaces and employees to succeed – but also for the future of humanity and our planet.
We define authenticity as a dynamic process of constant evolution into a better version of yourself – a PROCESS that never ends and a conscious choice that goes hand in hand with taking responsibility for your impact. Authentic Leadership expands this process to helping others to become the best version of themselves.
To develop authentic leadership, we work with our signature methodology “The Seven Dimensions of Leadership Intelligence” as described in the book How to Develop the Authentic Leader in You. Each dimension offers opportunities for growth in order to develop powerfully as an authentic leader.
If we are separated from (parts of) ourselves, we are also disconnected from others and unable to lead in a way that makes people want to follow us. Expanding and integrating more dimensions into our leadership brings us in touch with new aspects of who we are and helps us to become the leader we strive to be.
To lean into a process of expanding more and more authenticity, leaders need to be self-aware, self-reflective and honest with themselves. They need to “go inside” and know their strengths, weaknesses, personal values, their ego-parts, their sabotaging parts and core beliefs and also their false beliefs. The development and continuous expansion of authentic leadership strengthens executive presence, focus, efficiency, performance and influence.
The authenticity factor is what takes executives and top teams from good to great. Employees want leaders who have the courage to be true to themselves, not act one way in the office yet different outside. Leaders who lead authentically, are connected to their inner wisdom, creativity and truth which creates trust. They naturally develop a sense of belonging, shared values and success – and it is these aspects that are in danger of disappearing in a modern workspace.
The Authentic Leader
In her book How to Develop the Authentic Leader in You, Nicole Heimann deals with the importance of authentic leadership for our economy.