Leadership is about working with people to do new things in a world which is increasingly complex and fast changing. We need organizations that are flexible and sustainable, and organizations are made up of individuals. Leadership is not necessarily linked to authority. It is about mobilizing people to tackle the toughest problems and to do their best work. Leadership is embedded in every one of us, but the key is to unlock our personal passion which will give us the courage to do things that appear difficult, uncertain or even unpopular.
Authenticity as a leader means aligning who you are with what you do. It means making sure that your actions live out your words: if you say something is important, this is reflected in how you spend your time. When we see authentic leaders, we see congruence – people who are consistent in their beliefs and who behave in a way that demonstrates those beliefs in action. For example: if you say people are important, do you spend enough time with people, really listening to them? Authentic leaders have a reputation for keeping their promises – they are 100% trustworthy because they are driven by their values.