Authentic Leadership Development is the key to expanding and developing your leadership skills.
Authentic Leadership is the self-awareness of the leader; therefore authentic leadership development is a leader’s desire to expand his or her capacity and ability through self-discovery and development for growth and success.
In our previous post, Authentic Leadership we said; authentic leaders lead from their life, they lead by what is true to their hearts. They draw their inspiration from their own lives.
They are self-actualized individuals who are aware of their strengths, their imitations, and their emotions. They show their real selves to their followers. They do not act one way in private and another in public. They are leaders that lead from their hearts, then their minds.
Authentic Leadership is all about being the person you know in your heart you have always been destined to be, it doesn't come from your title or position, it comes from your being the person you are, a discovery of your purpose.
Authentic Leadership development is focused on the leader as a person, his passions, gift, qualities, and traits, materials that will help him achieve success and fulfill potential.
Here are Authentic Leadership Development Skills that will help you;
It is discovering the original reason for your birth, you are not a mistake, and you were born to do something important. This has to happen to you personally. This discovery gives you a sense of meaning and knowledge of what you’re meant to do in life.
As a leader, you lead from your life, not your position. When you discover your purpose in life, there is a feeling of obligation to deliver the solution to your world.
Vision is simply purpose in pictures. Conviction will always begin to show up in pictures, you see how you are supposed to help the world, your organization and your followers. Vision determines what and how you’re going to contribute to your generation.
Passion increases your will power. Passion makes you more productive and a dedicated person and that increases your ability to impact others. Passion makes the impossible possible.
Inspiration comes when you capture a clear vision. You can only inspire people through your inspiration. When you become inspired by your vision, that inspiration becomes contagious and moves others to reorder their priorities.
A leader must pose a genuine love for people if not, he cannot lead effectively. You cannot lead someone you don't like. Your love for people will drive you to see the best in them. People don't care about what you say or do, until they know you care about them. Authentic Leadership is people’s business.
True leadership therefore always includes a personal code of ethics, moral standards and values that safe guard’s character necessary for the leader to pursue and fulfill his or her purpose.
To keep leading you must keep learning. Teach ability helps a leader grow. Your growth determines who you are, who you are determines who you attract, and who you attract determines your success in your organization.
Your character determines who you are, who you are determines what you see, what you see determines what you do. That’s why you can't separate the actions from his character. Followers will not follow leaders they don't trust.
Without communication you travel alone. Developing good communication skills is essential for a leader to have an effective leadership skill. A leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others.
Every test you face as a leader begins within you. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversies.
Leaders that are effective and good at what they know, have a highly focused mind. For a leader to develop focus, he needs to have priorities and concentration.
For leaders to connect with the heart of his followers, you must use your ears. The ear of the leader must ring to the voice of the people.
If you can carry the ball, you can't lead the team. Success in leadership requires you to take responsibility. People that embrace responsibility get the job done, leaders work hard.
You can't lead people if you need people. You must have no doubts about yourself and you must be secure about your leadership. Insecure leaders are dangerous to themselves, organization and their followers.
The first person you lead is you. The first and best victory is to conquer self. No one achieves and sustains success without self-discipline.
A true leader serves people, serves there best interest. True leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than personal glory; they are willing to pay the prize. You have got to love people more than your position.
Authentic Leadership Development is essential if we must fulfill our highest potential. The only way to be the leader others will want to follow is to keep growing and expanding your skills.