An authentic leader or a modern leader is what everyone is confused about. Right?
However, the important factor is how influential your leader is. The representation of an authentic self is demanded by leadership. People want someone “real” to lead them. This is partially a response to the tumultuous times in which we live. It is also an answer to the general disenchantment of the public with politicians and businesspeople. Many of us suspect we’re being duped.
Not all leaders are successful and the first step towards better leadership can often be acceptance of this. Leaders and scholars have turned to the notion of genuine leadership in order to lead better. A leadership model that assumes that true leadership will direct people to the common good by basing their decisions on values.
Be it an authentic or a modern leader, what is important is to have self-awareness and knowledge of what people want from you.
It’s a lifelong journey of learning from experiences and being able to share them along the way. Self-awareness builds and develops. By telling tales of triumph and loss, of good times and difficult times and of victories and failures, self-aware leaders resonate with others.
You need to be a good listener.
While several individuals listen to answer, a leader listens before asking questions, then internalizes. The other party feels like they have really been understood, and without fear of judgment, they will be more open to contributing ideas. Leaders will step away from command and control leadership to a dynamic in which your direct report evolves through self-reflection if you ask great questions.
A good leader should focus on building an inclusive and diverse team.
Building or forming an inclusive and diverse team culture encourages change like nothing else. It requires individuals to invent from all backgrounds and experiences. We become stronger by learning from each other and becoming open to new ways of addressing problems. People, systems, and goods are advanced by leaders who promote this kind of climate.
Agility, versatility, and adaptability of leadership styles and techniques are important for the modern reality of work. Further accelerating the need for leadership has been the latest development during the global pandemic. The complexity around technological, economic, financial, and social issues is only expected to increase as uncertainty is looming around the whole world of work.
As Lao Tzu said –
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”