Authentic Leadership

Authentic Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

The word “authentic” has been used in the context of Authentic Leadership since the 1950s. Authenticity is an important aspect of leadership and emotional intelligence. Authentic leaders are honest about their feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. They believe that it is important for them to live their lives as they would want others to live theirs. They don’t hide behind facades or pretend that they are someone else in order to get ahead in life.

Leadership is not about title or position. It’s about the way you lead and how you inspire others to follow. Leadership is the process of motivating and inspiring individuals, teams, or entire organisations to work towards, and achieve common goals, that ensures their success.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. It is a set of skills that one can learn in order to become more aware and in control of their own emotions as well as those around them.

The concept was first introduced by two American psychologists John D. Mayer and Peter Salovey in 1990. They defined it as “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.”

What are the Characteristics of an Authentic Leader?

An authentic leader is someone who can be trusted to lead the team with the right values and vision. They have a deep understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of their team. They know how to set clear goals for themselves, their team, and their organisation. Authentic leaders are also able to create a sense of belonging for every member of the team by building relationships that are based on trust and respect.

The 7 Principles of Authentic Leadership

To become a better, more authentic leader, you need to practice these seven principles of authentic leadership.

  • Be aware of your thoughts and feelings.
  • Be present in the moment.
  • Be honest with yourself and others.
  • Be decisive, but not dogmatic or reactionary.
  • Show empathy for others’ perspectives and feelings.
  • Have a sense of humour about yourself and your situation.

Adhering to these principles will help leaders build trust, create authentic networks and relationships, not just for their own ego, but for good of the team and the organisation.

What is a Healthy Ego?

An ego is an identification of self, but the definition of “healthy” is not as clear. Healthy ego is a term used to describe an individual who has a sense of self-worth, but not in an unhealthy way. The healthy ego can be seen as the opposite of narcissism, and it is characterised by humility and empathy.

A healthy ego also allows for introspection and self-awareness. It allows people to take criticism in stride and not take things personally. A healthy ego helps individuals set boundaries with others, which will allow them to be more confident in their own thoughts, feelings and actions. A healthy ego is a foundational trait of leaders who will excel in authentic leadership.  

The Foundations of a Successful Team

Professionalism and courtesy are crucial in building a successful team. It starts with leaders showing professionalism and courtesy towards their employees. Leaders should be respectful, empathetic, and understanding towards the needs of their employees. They should also be mindful of their own actions as they lead by example to ensure that their team is productive.

Managers can show professional courtesy by being courteous to their employees without expecting anything in return or being too demanding on them. Employees will not feel pressured or burdened when managers show them respect and appreciation for the work they do without trying to take it from them too much.

What are the Benefits of Strong Emotional Intelligence?

A leader with strong emotional intelligence is authentic in the way they express their feelings. They know how to respond appropriately in different situations and are not afraid of conflict.

Leaders with strong emotional intelligence are able to better understand their emotions and the emotions of others. They are able to use that knowledge to make more informed decisions, build stronger relationships, and create environments where people feel safe.

This is especially important in today’s workplace where there is an increasing number of people who suffer from either stress, a lack of proper training, imposter syndrome, or even mental health problems. These people need a leader who understands their circumstances and feelings and helps them deal with the challenges they face.

How do you Develop Your Emotional Intelligence?

Mindfulness helps you develop in all four areas of emotional intelligence at the same time– self-awareness, emotional control, social awareness, and relationship management.

Mindfulness involves observing how you react to people, assessing your work environment, performing a self-evaluation, reviewing how you react to stressful situations, taking responsibility for your actions and examine how your actions will affect others – before you take those actions.

Professional leadership coaches are perfectly placed to help leaders improve their emotional intelligence and realise their authentic leadership potential.   

Leadership Coaching and Authentic Leadership

I have personally overcome many challenges people face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming leaders. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, I am ideally placed to help you find your authentic self.

If you are an aspiring leader of the future, an experienced leader or an organisation looking to expand the skillset of your leadership team, then please contact me to achieve your goals.

How can I help you?

I have a range of authentic leadership coaching programmes that are tailored to the needs of the individual, these will allow us to address together very specific challenges, which could include:

  • Emergencies
  • Making the right ethical decisions for stakeholders.
  • Developing active listening skills.
  • Aware of your own strengths, patterns, limitations.
  • Allowing imperfections and not seeing them as a threat.
  • Being transparent and sharing information.
  • Doing the right thing ethically in a crisis.
  • Being open to challenge.
  • Showing genuine concern.
  • Admitting you don’t have all the answers.
  • Accepting and using failure to learn.
  • Developing candour, compassion and empathy.
  • Being transparent and sharing information.

My training programmes start at only £279.00, but in order to recommend a coaching programme and provide you with a quote, we would first need to talk thorough the challenges you are facing, identify where I can help you and how long this is likely to take.

The first step in this process is by booking a free, no obligation call with me.

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The next step in your development journey is getting a professional assessment on the what practical steps you can take to develop and improve your skill set, mindset and your prospects. 

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