Leadership & Authenticity

Leadership & Authenticity


Do they go hand in hand?  Or can you have one without the other?

During my working life, I have experienced good and bad leadership – thankfully the former outweighs the latter. But with leadership having a huge effect on factors such as morale and job retention, it has never been more important.

So, what are the qualities and characteristics of leadership and how do they relate to authenticity.

The leaders who are true to themselves are the leaders to whom there are willing followers.  Encompassing particular qualities which distinguishes them from their counterparts, they are a force to be reckoned with.  Building strong, lasting relationships by demonstrating honesty and integrity, they gain the trust of those around them.

How can you tell if the motivational speech from your leader encouraging you to achieve greater results is truly authentic? Is it driven for the good of the organisation to succeed or for their own personal gain?

An authentic leader leads from the heart with the aim of enabling the follower to become the very best of themselves, whatever that may be.  They understand that in order for their organisation to be successful, each team member needs to feel valued and appreciated.  Providing a culture which unlocks potential and empowering individuals and teams to be the very best they can be.

Anyone and everyone can lead and be a leader.  But the question you need to ask yourself is: What type of leader do you aspire to be?

There are lots of amazing leaders who have inspired generations of people to do great things. 

Here are some quotes from some inspirational leaders, all from different walks of life:


Abraham Lincoln – 16th President of the USA from 1861-1865
“Whatever you are, be a good one”
Margaret Thatcher – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
Donna Fraser – Equality, Diversity & Engagement Lead at UK Athletics
“Women must have a voice, they must be heard, they must stand strong and it is our obligation to make sure we provide them with the opportunity and the environment to prepare for leadership positions,” she said. “We must show leadership and lead the way.”


In the face of the worst ever global economic disaster, now more than ever it is crucial to be the best leader you can be.  If your team are disconnected, disengaged and just ‘turning up’, you need to rethink your leadership style. 

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Jane Gardiner

Relationship and Network Lead

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