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The Missing Link in Authentic Leadership

Importance of Authentic Leadership

Article By Rachel Sinanan; ACMP ANZ Research Lead

There is a great deal of talk around Authentic leadership, and what it brings to organisations and employees alike. The overarching concept of Authentic leadership is explained as one who draws upon their own emotions, beliefs, thoughts, needs and wants, and acting with behaviours that are true to their inner self.

It has been shown to be a motivator, encourage organisational commitment. Although not a new concept, it is considered to be a powerful leadership style.

Why is Authentic Leadership important?

As an employee, bringing your concerns to an unpredictable or unsupportive manager can be daunting. Even discussing a new idea or informed opinion can be unnerving – especially if the team member feels that their supervisor will be discouraging.
If your employees always know what to expect from you in terms of attitude, language and demeanour, it encourages greater communication, happier workers and healthy company culture. Employees feel safe talking about their problems and that their manager truly listens to them.

What does Authentic Leadership actually mean?

Self-awareness: Authentic leaders are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. By allowing true self-awareness, it helps with recruiting the right team around them, giving balance, to enhnace: 

  • Transparency 
  • Strong relationship and connectedness with teams 
  • Active listening skills 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Empathy within the organisation 
  • Purpose and passion 
  • Emotional control 
  • Humility

But what about the leader themselves?

There is a plethora of information out there on how to look after employee’s health and wellbeing. Anyone in leadership is aware that this is a priority in any organisation. Whilst the employees are feeling safer, happier, and heard in a healthy organisational culture because of great authentic leader, what about the leader themselves? 

Being a great leader takes its toll on mental health, which in turn can affect physical health. It has been shown that leaders who prioritise their own mental health demonstrate higher emotional intelligence, empathy, and resilience.This comes back to being self-aware. As a leader…are you self-aware enough to know if your mental health is suffering? Do you take time to practice self-care?

Do you need help with your mental health? The following organisations can help.

Lifeline: 131114
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
Do you need help with your mental health? The following organisations can help: Lifeline: 131114 Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636