“Often misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book, revealing every detail of yourself without rhyme or reason. It is simply the act of openly and courageously seeing what needs to be seen, saying what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done, and becoming that which you are intent on being.” ― Scott Edmund Miller
Authentic leadership realizes and recognizes that people have lives outside of work and are willing to create the opportunity for their workforce to live a balanced life and balance doesn’t mean equal it means the opportunity to separate work from life in a way that one doesn’t feel guilty for taking time off to see their kids dance on a stage.
We live in an age where employers are trying to squeeze more out of their workforce and are getting less. Even though there is room for people to do more at work they don’t. Some people are overworked, some are doing boring work and some may totally disengaged. Employee engagement is a key indicator for organizational success and yet many leaders ignore this key aspect as a way to create a high performance organization.
Organizations that have high employee engagement have 21% more productivity. What can leaders do to increase employee involvement?
Leaders need to learn how to lead their team and organization by:
1. Compelling vision (does it inspire others, creating meaning)
2. Employee input and participating (leaders need to listen)
3. A trusting environment (vulnerability, authentic, genuine, transparent)
4. Ensure the values and standards are consistently applied and are known by everyone.
5. People are held accountable for results (someone checks on the results)
6. An environment of excellence and environment.
What kind of work environment are you in? What type of leadership is used in your organization? When you go to work are you inspired, engaged and happy to go to work? If you’re not what would need to change?
What motivates you? Will you be surprised?