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The idea of authenticity has its roots in Greek philosophy: ‘To thine own self be true’. Authenticity has been described because the unobstructed operation of 1’s true, or core, self in one’s day by day enterprise. Nevertheless, dangers arise if people assume that their personal values take priority over other standards. Some assume that this justifies unprofessional conduct, e.g. personal criticism of colleagues somewhat than merely focusing on the issues. This undermines professionalism and might quickly contribute to a loss of motivation and breakdown of trust.

The idea that ‘our way is the best way’ is invariably a limiting and potentially damaging viewpoint. In organizations, problems can emerge when systems are inadequate and managers lack the conviction required to surface problems and confront dysfunctional behavior. The success of any group can then be threatened by leadership failings that embrace poorly designed systems, resistance to feedback, and inability to anticipate altering requirements. The shortcomings embrace a lack of personal conviction, which is vital when dealing with unacceptable behavior.

Effective leadership builds on 4 core parts of genuineity. People who are considered ‘genuine’ demonstrate higher ranges of self-awareness, insight and openness, and the ability to achieve ‘balanced processing’ of information.

Self-Awareness

This includes understanding your unique skills, strengths, sense of goal, core values, beliefs and desires… are you open to new concepts, and receptive to feedback that helps you preserve and develop this perception?

Balanced Processing of Information

Effectiveness builds on a willingness to consider a number of sides of a difficulty, together with different people’s views. Are you able to acknowledge that you could be not see or recognize all the problems?

Relational Genuineity

Trust develops when there may be openness and truthfulness in close relationships. We can use selective self-disclosure to acknowledge that we’re not perfect. How well do you build trust and appear real when working with others?

Authentic Habits / Action

This includes responding to situations in a way that is appropriate, in the context of your position, whilst respecting your core values. Do you behave (so far as attainable) in a way that’s consistent with these values? Essential themes are explored in Seven Rules for Distinctive Performance.

Authentic Leadership is predicated on the idea that by elevated self-awareness, self-regulation, and positive modelling, authentic leaders foster the development of authenticity in followers. The idea recommend that Authentic Leaders draw on their positive Psychological Capital or ‘PsyCap’ to make clear to others what is required and generate positive energy. They create that means and a real sense of objective, in order that others develop a sense of personal ownership and change into ‘stakeholders’ within the activity.

Evidence suggests that exceptional performance also requires additional steps. These include making certain adequate help/resources are in place, and encouraging discretionary effort by involving folks in developing and implementing options to problems. Use of 360 degree feedback, coupled with awareness of the Seven Principles for Exceptional Performance, build on the 4 elements of genuineity and help develop overall effectiveness.

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