Today, people seek leaders they can trust. Leaders who are real, genuine, and authentic. But how do we as leaders meet this standard? A common mistake—one that I admittingly fell into—is being unfiltered instead of authentic. When we come to understand authenticity fully and what it entails, we are better equipped to avoid this pitfall!
First, we should analyze what not to do. You shouldn’t be unfiltered in an attempt to be authentic. When we don’t filter ourselves, we can hurt people, our message, and our operation. We need to be highly intentional about the purpose behind each message we are communicating. When we aren’t filtered, things just go wrong for the organization, in many ways.
On the flipside, if we can be successfully authentic, our organization will benefit greatly from our leadership! This can be achieved through a combination of feedback, intentionality, and introspection. While these are important, it starts with you as the leader valuing your people. When we value people, we treat them with respect. When we respect our staff, they respect our leadership and we create the environment to lead authentically.
In conclusion, no matter your organization or position, it’s important for us all to be authentic. While being unfiltered can be a big detriment to your organization, the staff’s morale, and your operation, being authentic will result in increased effectivity, trust, and respect. We should all be listening to the feedback we receive, and making the necessary adjustments to be an authentic leader for our organization!