When you think back to the influential leaders in your life, what attributes did they have that stand out in your memory? Were they ethical and transparent? Did you trust them? Did they have a good sense of their own skills and opportunities for improvement? If so, you likely experienced authentic leadership.
Authentic leadership is more than a corporate buzzword. When an organization has an authentic leader at the helm, employee engagement improves, job stress decreases, productivity skyrockets, work culture improves and more. The Harvard Business Review found that 75% of employees want to experience more authenticity at work. Authentic leadership is crucial in cultivating a great culture and recruiting a diverse workforce.