The qualities of Authentic Leadership

March 16, 2017

The modern world is seeing the birth of the importance that authenticity has when it comes to leadership. There are important skills that leaders need to have if they want to maintain their leadership even when things get difficult. An authentic leader is someone who has high moral values and integrity and is entirely committed to the process of building long lasting business ventures. In a Forbes article by Bill George, author of “Discover your True North”, we can discover some true qualities of the Authentic Leader:


Authentic leadership comes from character


The greatest leaders of the world have always said that leadership is entirely based on character and it has nothing to do with style. It’s all about the kind of character that you have been able to forge during your lifetime. The true leader is able to adapt to all kinds of styles in order to fit different kinds of situations. Their character should always be constant in every single style they adopt.


Being genuine is necessary for true leadership


There are some people who could end up becoming leaders by not being genuine and pretending to be someone they are not, but this kind of leadership is built on a house of cards and this makes it extremely easy for any genuine leader to take their place. The process of determining who is genuine and who is posing as a leader is much easier now that we have such great interactive social media platforms like LinkedIn.


An authentic leader is in constant growth


This is another important thing to keep in mind when it comes to leaders. They are in constant growth and they never feel like they have reached their peak performance levels as leaders. They understand that there is no way to maintain leadership without evolution and knowledge. This is one of the reasons why a true leader is always moving forward and looking for ways to evolve.


Authentic leaders have superior emotional intelligence


One of the things that separate leaders from people with no leadership skills is that they are assertive and they are capable of keeping their emotions under control. This is a very important thing because it will also allow them to gain more respect from others.


They know they are not perfect


One of the essential aspects of leadership is to know and understand how our minds work. Knowing that you are not perfect and that you will make mistakes is crucial for leadership because this means you will always be prepared to face your own imperfections.


They are aware of the needs of others


A great leader is always going to have empathy towards those that he or she leads. Understanding that everyone is looking for the same results as an individual is a key aspect of proper leadership skills. Knowing when to dedicate time and effort to helping others move forward and meet their needs is something that only a true leader can do.


Authentic leaders understand balance


A person that seeks to lead others needs to understand the value of balance in life. This means that they are going to have to work very hard to keep every single aspect of their role as leaders in perfect balance in order to avoid losing the respect and attention of those they lead.


About the Author


Helena Demuynck is Founding Partner of Konsensus Leadership Coaching & Development and oxygen4leadership. Both platforms offer global organizations international expertise in developing Leadership Development Trails for Senior Leadership Teams and Executives.


Helena is a dedicated, visionary Leadership Coach with a proven record of facilitating Senior Leadership Teams and driving groundbreaking advancements in leadership performance and transformation.


A creative problem-solver with a passion for excellence, she leverages her unique background in Leadership Development to produce exceptional results based upon innovation, sustainability, and process improvement. She has a track record of exceeding expectations and successfully developing efficient coaching trails for clients such as Microsoft, Swift, Aleris, J&J, and G4S, working independently and collaboratively with multidisciplinary coaches, trainers & facilitators.


This blog was based on the article “The true qualities of authentic leaders”, published in Forbes by Bill George, author of  “Discover your True North”. 


Helena delivers inspiring Systemic & Transformational Team Leadership Coaching for Executive Leadership Teams. Through a combination of interaction, simulation, and mapping with the professional situation, she creates a sandpit for participants, allowing them to experiment, experience, exchange and enhance their leadership capabilities in a sustainable way. 


For Executives, she also offers Leadership eCoaching trails, with focus on Authentic Leadership. Check the platform here and see how this can work for you.