Executive Breakfast -Transforming Organizations through Authentic Leadership
Over the past few years, people have come to distrust leaders. The increase in corporate scandals and management misconduct has contributed to create an environment of lack of trust in professional organizations and social institutions alike and individuals no longer trust their leaders. Leading authentically becomes especially important in difficult times when the traditional institutions and social order give way to social uncertainty and a sense of insecurity invades people’s emotions. Because authentic leaders act in the best interest of their organizations, have open communication with their teams, show consistency between their words and deeds and are able and willing to admit their mistakes, they can build the trust that teams and organizations need to overcome current challenges and move forward. Authentic leaders are effective role models that have long lasting effects on the values and attitudes of their followers who increase their engagement with the vision of the leader and their organizations. Followers of authentic leaders sacrifice their self-interest for the collective and act as catalyst of social and organizational change. Being an authentic leader means being worthy of your followers´ trust because it is only their trust that will allow you to make difficult decisions. The process of becoming an authentic leadership is an inside out process. It starts with a high level of self-awareness and being true to yourself. Honesty and integrity are at the core of leadership authenticity and they both start from within oneself.