Society has emerged stronger in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Ethical dilemmas presented an opportunity for leaders to shine and make a positive impact through their decision-making. Authentic leaders, armed with self-awareness, resilience, ethical standards, emotional intelligence, and a genuine desire to serve others, have become beacons of hope, guiding their countries towards a brighter future.
These unprecedented times have revealed the true essence of effective leadership. Adapting swiftly and decisively to rapidly changing circumstances, courageous leaders have demonstrated unwavering resolve while prioritizing the well-being of their people. They have shown that authenticity knows no boundaries, transcending titles and positions to inspire trust, foster collaboration, and propel meaningful change.
Authentic leadership is a testament to individuals staying true to themselves, remaining aligned with their personal values, and leading with unwavering integrity. By being self-aware, leaders understand their strengths, weaknesses, and motivations, allowing them to make conscious choices that positively impact others. They radiate a steady sense of purpose, driven by a desire to create a better world.
Embracing emotional intelligence, authentic leaders have shown remarkable empathy towards others, forging deep connections and creating an environment where everyone feels valued and supported. Through inclusion and compassion, they have empowered their teams to not only survive but thrive amidst adversity.
Authentic leaders understand that their influence extends beyond their immediate surroundings. Driven by a higher mission, they have inspired collective action and mobilized communities to work towards a shared vision. By fostering a strong sense of purpose, they have ignited sparks of passion within individuals, enabling them to find profound meaning in their work and make a lasting impact.
Skillful relationship management is another hallmark of authentic leadership. Leaders who embrace this approach value effective communication, active listening, and the nurturing of harmonious interactions. By offering a space for open dialogue and embracing diverse perspectives, they have cultivated an atmosphere of creativity and innovation, leading to breakthrough solutions.
Authentic leaders have recognized and embraced their responsibility to society as a whole. Adhering to the highest ethical standards, they have not only made decisions that benefit their organizations but have also prioritized the well-being of their people, communities, and the planet. They have become catalysts for positive change, inspiring trust and paving the way for a brighter and more sustainable future.
Reflection on Authentic Leadership
What can we learn about an authentic leader? There are characteristics common to all authentic leaders, and I can mention the most significant, empathy, passion, resilience, and ethical values. Thus, an Authentic leader is someone who feels authentic empathy and compassion, respects diversity, and makes authentic connections through service and generosity. Working continuously to know oneself, have adequate management, and be assertive and resilient.
The writer and philosopher Ortega y Gasset will say, “Life is a gerund.” In other words, life as a leader is made up of gradually advancing in continuous learning, resilience, cultivating values and ethics. (Bill G, 2016). Being authentic has great value and great difficulty. All consumers want an authentic, genuine product, its offer is scarce, and its value in the market is high.
In the same way, getting authentic leaders is difficult, and why does this happen? The price to pay is high; being authentic exposes you to criticism, makes you vulnerable, undresses you before yourself and others. However, most people prefer to share their lives with truly authentic, real leaders, where they can mirror their joys and sorrows.
The Loss of authenticity is one of the crises facing our society. By not recognizing himself as a human being, he loses empathy and increases the desire to feed his ego (Goleman, 2017).
There are many areas where authentic leaders must be present to serve and build a better society. Regardless of where we operate, we can contribute to society by promoting ethical values to promote paradigm changes in the population and our leaders. We need leaders in the positive in all areas, government, education, medicine, art, etc. Leaders who are more empathetic, communicative, creative, and encourage critical thinking.
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