The biggest concern for any organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet.” (Oleg Vishnepolsky, LinkedIn, 2018).

The problem with many work environments today is the #invisible employee. Thompson (2015) reported 68% of American employees are disengaged. Invisible employees show up everyday at work to work at jobs they feel miserable doing because they perceive their job doesn’t matter to anyone, their job is irrelevant and they are misunderstood and viewed as vanilla in a sea of peppermint.

#Authenticleadership is about building your credibility as a leader through honest relationships with followers. #Authentic leaders are congruent, their words match their actions and they demonstrate #sincerity, #integrity, and #honesty while validating they value the input of their team. To see where you fall on the authenticity spectrum check out the Authentic Leadership Self-Assessment Questionnaire by Northouse.

#Leadership doesn’t just happen for most people. Good Leadership is learned over time with the right mentors and role models. However, when it comes right down to it—you have to be you and not some version of someone else. Cashman (1998) and George (2003) describe the authentic leader as someone who is #reliable, #trustworthy, #genuine, and believable.

To grow as leaders and employees, leaders need tools to build #trust, a #meaningful connection, and promote #engagement. One such tool that is often underutilized is the one-on-one meeting with followers. A standing, scheduled one-on-one meeting with followers provides opportunities to connect with followers, hear their point of view, validate their passion, identify any obstacles or barriers they may be experiencing, and provide constructive coaching when needed. The scheduled one-on-one demonstrates the value of this individual’s presence within the organization and produces outcomes such as #trust, connection, #engagement and #job satisfaction. Our success as leaders is predicated on the notion that it is impossible to be ‘all-knowing’ and the best leaders recognize that and surround themselves with smart people who are willing to share their ideas!

References

Cashman, K. (1998). Five touch stones of authentic leadership. Management Review, 87, 58-60. George, B. (2003). Authentic leadership: Rediscovering the secrets to creating lasting value.

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