Leadership-Are you Authentic?

Posted by Brenda Yoho

Ask a team of administrators what kind of leader they are, you will receive various answers. However, in all leadership styles, there are qualities shared. You will always find similarities between the different approaches to leadership.

A new style is an Authentic Leader. However, it isn't new. We discuss authenticity as being an important characteristic and skill for all leaders. People do not want to follow someone who is not authentic in their efforts. Leaders demonstrate through their actions, speech, and communication the values and behaviors they expect from their team.

I have been in education for decades and have heard “Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk.” It was explained to me to mean if you are talking a bunch of stuff to do and expecting others to do it, but you are not doing it, then you are not Walking the Talking. I am not clear on where this originated, but if you have heard it, maybe you know; if you have not heard it, then it started here. Do what you say. There are no ifs and buts about it.

Have you heard, “Do as I say, not as I do.” I believe this one is confusing on rules and expectations. This statement indicates the leader is modeling the opposite of what you should do.

Actions speak louder than words. If you are providing expectations for staff and others to follow, then model. If you are not able to do this, then you are not authentic in your leadership.

Enhance your skills

  • Define clearly your core values and beliefs
  • Reflect, Review and Become Self-Aware
  • Identify, Engage and Empower your leadership team
  • Inspire, Improve and Support others
  • Find Balance and Motivation
  • Get connected by being personal-not too personal(boundaries)
  • Stay centered-Focus on your why
"I only have 2 rules!"
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