Why leaders need to be authentic to succeed

Graham Winch Natalya Sergeeva

Authentic leaders inspire loyalty and trust in their employees by being genuine, self aware and true to themselves

Authentic leadership is crucial for delivering today’s complex projects. Leading projects, programmes, and portfolios is a comprehensive and multifaceted endeavour that requires developing and sustaining trusted relationships with people and organisations, and authenticity absolutely helps.

Authentic leadership is a style where leaders are genuine, self-aware and transparent. Authentic leaders are anchored by their own deep sense of self and awareness of their own and others’ identities, beliefs, and values. It is a leadership style connected with emotional intelligence. It enables leaders to engage their teams with a vision and a role model and interpret and shape the broader environment within which they situated.

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