How Authentic Leaders Transform Ordinary Teams Into High Performers

How Authentic Leaders Transform Ordinary Teams Into High Performers

Who is an Authentic Leader?

Authentic leaders are self-aware, trustworthy and transparent in their communication. They are able to be vulnerable, open to feedback, and willing to take risks.

An authentic leader has a strong sense of self-awareness they know their strengths and weaknesses as well as what motivates them personally. They also understand how others perceive them so they can adapt their leadership style based on the situation or group they’re leading.

An authentic leader has high levels of integrity; they do what they say they will do, even when it’s difficult or unpopular with others around them (or sometimes even themselves). This means being honest with yourself first before being honest with others because if you don’t believe in yourself then nobody else will either!

The Value of Authenticity in Leadership

One of the most significant findings from this research is that authentic leaders have a strong impact on team performance. The study found that when leaders are authentic, it increases employee engagement and job satisfaction, as well as decreases turnover intentions.
The research also revealed that authenticity is more important than other leadership characteristics such as charisma or intelligence in determining whether or not a leader will be effective at their job. In fact, researchers found that people who are more naturally charismatic can actually be less effective if they aren’t also authentic.
This makes sense because when you’re being genuine with others you’re able to build trust with them–and trust is the foundation for any good relationship (including those between employees and managers).

Creating a High Performing Team

Creating a high performing team requires intentional effort, clear communication, and a commitment to fostering a positive work environment. 

By following these steps, you can transform an ordinary team into a high performing one:

  • Develop a clear vision and mission.
  • Create a culture of trust and respect.
  • Encourage collaboration and communication.

Leading with Authenticity

Leading with authenticity means creating an environment of openness and honesty. It means developing a shared sense of purpose, building meaningful relationships, and ensuring that everyone in the organization understands how they fit into the larger picture.
To do this well, you need to be able to think about what it means to be authentic and then apply those principles consistently in all areas of your life: at work, at home and with friends.

The Benefits of Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is a powerful tool for leaders to use in their organizations. It can help you build trust, engagement and morale among your team members. In addition, it will also increase productivity while enhancing creativity and innovation.

Increased trust and engagement: Authentic leaders are transparent about their intentions and motives which increases the level of trust among employees because they know what they can expect from them at all times. This leads to increased engagement within teams as everyone knows that they are working towards a common goal where everyone’s voice matters equally regardless of their position in the organization hierarchy or experience level within the company structure.

Improved morale: The sense of belongingness experienced by employees who work under authentic leaders leads them towards greater job satisfaction which results in higher levels of employee retention rates compared with those working under less authentic managers or supervisors.

Enhanced creativity & innovation: Leaders who have earned credibility through their actions rather than just words tend to encourage innovative thinking among employees since there is no fear associated with failure when trying something new due its safe environment created by these types

The Challenges of Authentic Leadership

The challenges of authentic leadership are many. For example, you may have to deal with difficult conversations, deal with resistance to change and overcome the fear of vulnerability.
When you’re an authentic leader, you’ll likely be confronted with these situations:

  • Managing Difficult Conversations: When people feel like they can’t trust you or that they won’t be heard by you, they’ll start avoiding having important conversations with their manager. If this happens too often then it will create a culture where people don’t feel safe enough to share their ideas or concerns because they don’t want them shot down in front of others (or just because).

Developing Authentic Leadership Skills

To become an authentic leader, you must first be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. This is often referred to as self-awareness. To develop this skill, set aside some time each week for introspection. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • What am I good at?
  • What are my weaknesses?
  • How do others perceive me?
    Once you’ve identified your strengths and weaknesses, take actionable steps to improve upon them by setting goals and seeking feedback from others who know you well (e.g., friends or family). You can also use tools like the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment to identify which characteristics of yours are most prominent based on their descriptions in the book The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Tips for Becoming an Authentic Leader

  • Practice self-care.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.
  • Acknowledge and celebrate successes.

The Future of Authentic Leadership

The future of authentic leadership is an exciting one. As we explore the potential of this style, we’ll see how technology can help us become more effective and inclusive leaders. We’ll also discuss how to embrace diversity and inclusion in order to create a culture that recognizes the value of every member of your team.


The most important takeaway from this article is the importance of authentic leadership. It’s not enough to just be a good leader, you have to be an authentic one. This means that you must lead in a way that aligns with your values and beliefs, as well as those of your team members. Want to speak to someone who can help you build a high performing team ? Book a call here.


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