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Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal

Authentic Leadership

I can't wait for great authentic leadership to emerge in the current context in which the trust is shaken. In times of crisis people discover ways to better deal with the future.
As an authentic leader, self-consciousness is absolutely fundamental. You cannot be emotionally intelligent if you are not also self-aware. Authentic leadership requires you to ' Know Thyself ', Greek: ' γνῶθι σεαυτόν ', Latin: ' nosce te ipsum 'This requires, in addition to maturity, an intense work of self-examination or individuation. The criticisms, even the toughest, are essential for the construction of self-awareness. To do so, you need to get honest feedback from followers, so the followers must also be authentic.
If we are all reliable, genuine and probable, organizations will be better. Here the values are crucial. There has to be a framework of values in which all believe and consider vital to achieve.
In parallel, we have great need of someone that listens to us, understands us and, above all, tells us the truth. Authentic leaders have to maintain high levels of motivation, especially in this era of "trigger events". Such extrinsic motivation will help to see problematic circumstances as an opportunity to change the future.
So, how can one become an authentic leader?
Talk with your heart, conquer our followers. This implies that, after having said what you want to do, you must do it;
Communicate openly and frequently with the other, we have to dialogue. This is much more than only saying the truth. The communication is not only composed of good news. it includes that what's good, bad and indifferent;
Make clear, from the beginning, the expectations and standards of behavior that the followers and leaders have to achieve. Be the change you want to make;
Look for people to take up your commitments, reflecting on this without resentment. Committing with the goal, not with the plan;
Value people and invest in them in order to create feelings of well-being and commitment within the working group;
Take care of people without ever infantilizing, requiring them to take responsibility and developing moral and ethical bases.
In short, the authentic leader demonstrates passion for the goals, practices consistently the values and leads with the heart as well as with the head. She/he defines the long-term, meaningful relationships and has the self-discipline to achieve results. They know who they are.

  Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States
 

Elements to Authentic Leadership

It is my opinion that there are some basic elements to authentic leadership: 1. First is the personal discipline to be ...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Qualities of Authentic Leadership (Goffee and Jones)

OK! But I think leaders can't do anything without followers help. It's a question of organization balance. When you find...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

What are Authentic Leaders? Avolio, Luthans and Walumbwa

In 2004, influential writers Avolio, Luthans, and Walumbwa define authentic leaders as "those who are deeply aware of ho...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Four Characteristics of Authentic Leaders, Authentic Followership (Shamir and Eilam)

In 2005, Shamir and Eilam advanced their 4 characteristics of authentic leaders: 1. Rather than faking their leadership...

  Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States
 

Characteristics of Authentic Leadership

The HBR team is on point with a general observation by George, Sims, McLean & Mayer when they wrote that 1000's of schol...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Refined Definition of Authentic Leadership

Based on the preceding contributions we can advance a more “refined definition” of authentic leadership as “a pattern of...

  mohd.hanifah
HR Consultant, Malaysia
 

Characteristic of Authentic Leaders: Excellent Communicator

@Greg Johnson: I agree completely that authentic leaders, no matter at whatever level, must be able to communicate intel...

  JuanCarlos Pacheco
Ing. Electrónico, PMP, MBA, Peru
 

Authentic Leaders in Brief

In my modest view, the authentic leader must have: - self esteem in order to really understand the world, - a great a...

  Michael Horwitz
Professor, United States
 

Authentic Leadership and Leader Authenticity are Different

So far some great citations to the most recent work on authentic leadership have been made. Walumbwa et al. & Kernis com...

  Adonis
Business Consultant, France
 

Difference between being Natural and being Authentic

- The theoretical elements provided by Vitor and Michael means we have to consider when leadership is appreciated / judg...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Authentic Leadership what it Is?

An authentic leader is one who is not only true to others but more importantly true to himself. In the Johari Window, t...

  Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Authentic Leadership Requires Experimenting with Various Leadership Styles / Methods

I have a conflict here. If we are to assume that leadership styles are taught, and we know that there are many leadershi...

  Alex Dail
Management Consultant, United States
 

Know Yourself and The Effect on your Followers

Authentic leaders know themselves, but also their followers / subordinates, they know how to respond to the individuals....

  Onno Harmsen
Entrepreneur, Netherlands
 

To Know Yourself You Have to Face your Most Fundamental Fears

@Rebecca Roe: to become an authentic leader, you need to know yourself. In order to know yourself, you should be open to...

  Maria Montero
Coach, Venezuela
 

Leadership Begins by Leading our Own Life First

I like the way Vitor addresses leadership. I could not agree more. I'd like to add that emotional intelligence begins wi...

  Marta Amde
Financial Consultant, United States
 

Address Craving for Significance and Convince Oneself First

@Onno Harmsen : you said it all. Two points I want to add (a) We are created in the image of god. All God wants from u...

  Fatime Usman Mafa
Management Consultant
 

Authentic Leadership

I agree with Maria. Leadership begins by leading our life first and also trusting our instincts, by making decisions tha...

  Jacques Strydom, South Africa
 

Is authenticity in the Person or in the Leader?

I'm struggling to differentiate between being an authentic person and being an authentic leader. In what I have read, ...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

First an Authentic Person, then an Authentic Leader...

Hello Jacques, firstly we must assume the authentic person. Not every person wants to be an organization leader. But w...

  eva lufranco
Business Consultant, Philippines
 

Leaders and Followers

Hi Mr. Seco, it is great to have been able to read your leaderhip issue. It is very nice that on account of being an aut...

  VENKATESWARAN
Teacher, India
 

Authentic Leadership - A Myth or Reality?

In reality there is nothing special like authentic leadership and un-authentic leadership. Leadership itself means all v...

  Belay Gezahegn
Director, Ethiopia
 

2 Questions about Authentic Leadership

I would like to understand whether authenticity implies to being authentic to ones own idea, or to followers, or does it...

  Jacques Strydom, South Africa
 

Authentic LEADERS

@Vitor Manuel Monteiro Seco: hi. May I call you Vitor? Thanks for the swift reply. What you say makes sense, thanks. I...

  Sylvia Grant
Consultant, Australia
 

Authentic Leadership is Preferable Style

The characteristics of authentic leadership in the comments above remind me of the book by Stephen Covey, "Principle Cen...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Authentic Leadership - The Way Forward

@Venkateswaran : I think a myth is something or a person that people believe has been successful in the past. No, I'm ...

  Laxman Prasad Paudel
Manager, Nepal
 

Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership takes ownership of his/her organization, followers/subordinates and he/she is capable of making an ...

  Adonis
Business Consultant, France
 

Authenticity is not Optimal Compatibility

@Vitor Manuel Monteiro Seco: I understand the application domain you suggested and I like it. From that point of view an...

  Miguel Merodio
Business Consultant, Mexico
 

Authentic Leadership Means a Dialogue

My personal view is that authentic leadership is not subject to tightly defined patterns. Interpersonal relationships ar...

  Robert Sowell, United States
 

Authentic Leadership in a Moral Sense

Sometimes we use the same words, but with different meanings. Some of the posts related to this topic are examples, beca...

  Laura Nayeli Peralta Calderon
Mexico
 

5 Marks of Authentic Leadership

I call these the five marks of authentic leadership: 1. Have insight 2. Demonstrate initiative. 3. Exert influence ...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Authentic Leadership or Leader Authenticity

@Michael Horwitz: as Cooper et al. (2005) said, it’s better to understand the authenticity construct as an “element of a...

  Mapsie
South Africa
 

Authentic Leadership Requires Someone to Be Flexible

@Rebecca Roe: I agree with you completely, Rebecca. An authentic leader needs to be flexible and dynamic and also embrac...

  Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States
 

Authentic Leadership & Flexibility

@Rebecca Roe makes a great point regarding clones and the need to be flexible. Authentic leaders are learners. I believe...

  Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Significance of Self in Leadership

@Onno Harmsen: agreed. We want to have a purpose to our lives. This is one way to make a difference and be significant....

  Dr zahra gheidar
Consultant, Iran
 

What Other Features are Needed for Authentic Leaders?

Obviously all these points are vital and considerable points. Authentic leaders are learners, self aware and also they k...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

What Other Features are Needed?

@Zahra Gheidar: hi, a strong leader has all the traits observed in overall leadership theory and practice. But the poin...

  Adonis
Business Consultant, France
 

Authenticity of Leadership refers to a Particular Required Management Context

We have to consider that authentic leadership must be a type of leadership, in which we refer to a certain truthfulness ...

  Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Truth is the Most Important Feature Needed for an Authentic Leader

@Vitor Manuel Monteiro Seco: if you want lifelong respect and a clear conscience, an authentic must take the successes w...

  Adam mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

Authentic Leadership

I agree with Vitor Manuel, because in recent times demand for people centered leadership has inspired organizations to s...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Authentic Leadership, Believe and Trust

People need to believe and trust in their leaders, and now more than ever. 1) BELIEVE, in the sense that was given by G...

  hernando bernal
Professor, Colombia
 

Authentic Leadership is a Alter Ego of Who?

I think also the believe and trust in himself is important. But is it possible to obtain the most powerful spirit to lea...

  Dr zahra gheidar
Consultant, Iran
 

Trust is the First Step to Motion

Trust is the first step to motion that leaders need to be a leader. How can leaders gain this trust? And how can they ...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Authentic Leadership

@Hernando Bernal: be humble. Assume that principles are natural and simple. You can believe them or not. But they are li...

  Robert Sowell, United States
 

Consistency, Trust and Authentic Leadership

Yes, trust is one of the four essential, foundational pillars of leadership. And, at least temporarily, leadership is po...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Authentic Leadership and Trust

@Zahra Gheidar: when trust is present, people are overwhelmed about what they do. They collaborate for free, channels of...

  Adam mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

How About 'Transformational Leadership', can that be Referred to as 'Authentic'?

Leadership styles have their unique attributes which make a leader who chooses to exercise any of them different from ot...

  Robert Sowell, United States
 

Authentic or Transformational Leadership

It seems to me that our responses have used "authentic" to refer to leadership that is the real thing or leadership that...

  Adam mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

Authentic or Transformational Leadership

My understanding is that the word "authentic" refers to any leadership style or any leader who is able to induce trust a...

  Ariyo Samson Olakunle
Manager, Nigeria
 

Authentic Leaders have In-built Character Traits

The authenticity of a leader has to do with his/her in-built personal characters. Which include: trust, integrity faith...

  Robert Sowell, United States
 

Try to be all that our potential allows...

It is an ongoing, long-standing debate whether leaders are born or made. I will not claim any special insight for the de...

  Adam mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

Leadership (Authentic versus Inauthentic)

I agree that not all transformational leaders are authentic. Hickman (2010) describes personalized transformational lead...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal
 

Cultivating Authentic Leadership

It seems that authentic leadership can not be cultivated, rather it is developed through inner self of a person. If it i...

  Robert Sowell, United States
 

Authentic Leadership can be Cultivated

Mr. Khanal, as we have been discussing, it's important that we are clear about what we mean by "authentic leadership", w...

  Adonis
Business Consultant, France
 

Authentic Leadership Can Be Cultivated and Reproduced

AL is not only cultivatable but reproductible too: - To acquire the abilities for understanding and guiding humans is a...

  Alain Kambaja
Director, Senegal
 

Authentic Leadership Tools

What tools can one use to become self- aware (Authentic)? How do you integrate this value at all levels of your life (p...

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal
 

Tools to Use to Be Self-aware: Authentic Leadership Questionnaire

The Authentic Leadership Questionnaire from Avolio et al (2005), includes some questions that could help us to reflect a...

  Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States
 

Authentic Leadership Tools: The Concentric Leadership Model

The Concentric Leadership Model (CLM) provides a pervasive look at the Authentic Leader. When having a feeling of one's ...

  Robert Sowell, United States
 

'Authentic' Leadership

Talk of so-called "authentic" leadership can sound noble, but the crucial thing is for us to be real about what happens ...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal
 

Improving Self Before Trying to Improve Others

In my opinion, authentic leaders believe in improving self first. They also help improve their colleagues, superiors, su...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Authentic Leadership Powerpoint

We just added an interesting PowerPoint presentation on Authentic Leadership. It includes some of the latest thinking an...

  Melnyk, Canada
 

Who is the SELF?

Who is the SELF, is the question of authenticity. The "S"elf and "s"elf can be discovered by engaging in discovery of th...

  Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States
 

Authentic Leadership with a Coaching Mindset?

@Rebecca Roe: All references to "knowing yourself' are very much on point when considering the definition of Leadership...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Authentic Leaders are Authentic Speakers

The ability of communicating authentically (and being perceived as authentic person) is a very important leadership skil...

  Michael Horwitz
Professor, United States
 

Definition of Authentic Leadership is Good

@Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco: This has become the definition of AL which has been used in the vast majority of research ...

 

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