The concept of Authentic Leadership has been tossed around over the years by authors, consultants and others involved in the study of leading organizations.
Wikipedia defines it as:
“Is an approach to leadership that emphasizes building the leader’s legitimacy through honest relationships with followers which value their input and are built on an ethical foundation..”
Other definitions exist in varying degrees. The exact words we use to describe the trait are not the end all but rather an embodiment of leading by valuing people, and establishing relationships to create engagement and results.
Long established research by some of the most reputable firms in the world affirms the value of an engaged workforce. Engaged employees are more productive, flexible and more likely to commit extra effort to the organization. So, how do you build an engaged workforce? The anser is simple; demonstrate Authentic Leadership.
Leadership is not an academic exercise. Even though the study of leadership is a legitimate pursuit it is of no use if you can’t effectively apply your skill. Leadership happens in real time, in a real setting, with real people. Consequently, being an expert in the environment in which you lead is essential to Authentic Leadership.
It is for that reason we crafted a framework that focuses on the application of authentic leadership. It is made up of three components:
The components we present have been written about before, what we have not seen is a framework that allows you to apply authentic leadership in a concise and practical way.
That framework is the Authentic Leadership Checklist™. Why use a checklist? A checklist is a set of nonnegotiable items that true professionals do not leave to chance. Whether you are flying an airplane or leading an organization, a checklist c
an ensure a smooth take-off.
The Authentic Leadership Checklist™ is an all-encompassing leadership development tool. It calls for precise actions and can readily identify areas for improvement. Download your free copy of the Authentic Leadership Checklist™
The checklist is neither a process nor a formula. There are several ways to use the checklist. It can be a diagnostic tool to identify which component(s) is at play in a particular situation, allowing you to focus your time, attention and action only where it is needed. In larger, more complex and long-term situations you may use the checklist in its full form. Lastly, it can serve as guide to leadership development activities ensuring strength in each component.
Using the Authentic Leadership Checklist™ is an efficient and effective (if not easy) way to engage people. Your leadership actions are the catalyst to an engaged workforce. The Checklist will allow you to identify and close your leadership gaps, engage people and improve your bottom-line.
How do we at Leadership Advisors define Authentic Leadership?
“Authentic leadership is the passion and capability to transparently engage, motivate and move people toward the achievement of shared goals.”
If you have the desire to reap the benefits of Authentic Leadership, the Authentic Leadership Checklist™ is the most robust and user-friendly tool you will find. Now that you have discovered the tool, the next step is application and only you can be responsible for the Leader that you are. Changing the way you lead takes commitment, time and practice but the rewards are worth the effort!
The Authentic Leadership Checklist™ Package
The Authentic Leadership Checklist™ is available for purchase. The Basic package is suited well for leaders looking to explore and use the Checklist independently.
The Authentic Leader Basic package allows for unlimited access to the Authentic Leadership Checklist™, the User’s Guide and more than 25 introductory videos that explain all the aspects of the Checklist.
The cost is $49 per user
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