Shhhhhhhh! this secret should not be shared to widely as it may result in us changing the world.
There are many articles outlining the 7 steps to being a successful leader or the 10 tips on how to make managers leaders etc. and as we all have come to understand these different ways of defining and discussing leadership identify that we all view leadership from different perspectives. When we read about leadership and/or participate in leadership training we find that some explanations resonate more with us as individuals or better describe the leadership level of our organisation.
Training Leadership – oxymoron in my language.
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Recently I have seen the word ‘authentic’ used increasingly to describe the type of leadership many organisations are seeking. If leaders have been good leaders up until now, what will make them authentic leaders and why is authenticity so key to leadership? To be authentic is to be real, genuine and self-aware of how your behaviour is influencing those around you. So you believe you have all of these qualities – you should be feeling like you are an authentic leader, but do a self check and assess how you are applying this in your role and at your workplace. If these qualities are not present in a person what can we do to develop them and enjoy the fruits of authentic leadership.
So here goes – "if you have heard of this before and this is part of your leadership makeup then please keep doing it and share it with everyone else, and share your experience by commenting on this post."
Leadership is not about leading others, authentic leadership comes from being the first follower and following the standards, behaviours and ideas of others.
Leadership is not about leading from the front, mixing in the middle or standing at the back and pushing the way forward – it is about standing shoulder to shoulder like my zebras.There is nothing stronger and more powerful than a unified line. It should be really challenging to identify the leader of a team, as the secret to success is a team of people with authentic leadership.
The idea of following others to show leadership may at first sound a little odd, but I encourage you to get comfortable with the idea as this is the secret to successful leadership. A higher level of success also exists and is achieved when senior people in an organisation see an example of followership leadership and take action to validate the interaction they have observed by following the outcomes of the interaction (of course ensuring they meet organisational expectations).
The actions of first follower truly exemplify the key substance of peer engaged cultures ie. we are all equal and we all have knowledge to share and I am happy to follow your knowledge and actions as a peer. Through great conversations we area able to engage our peers creating a true team that can unlock and apply our great knoweldge bank. From this position we become high performance units that continue to increase/maintain the organisational performance.
Coach Leaders to be progressive sustainable – stop training them, it’s not working.
I am not ignoring the reality that at the end of the day there are positions in organisations that make the hard decisions. Under the followership leadership approach this role has used the power of the peer group, followed and embraced the ideas of peers and as a consequence created a shared accountability and responsibility for the decision they are to make.
A quick summary - I accept leading is admirable and allows you to show your own standards, behaviours etc. to others. Add to this approach being a courageous first follower and show you can accept and support the standards of others. As an authentic leader you - the person, the worker, the parent, the sibling, my peer - are truly my first consideration. There are lots of great aspects of followership to discuss and I anticipate that I have given another perspective of leadership that you will consider for your organisation.
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