Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward sets the scene for our webinar on Thursday 25 January, How to develop authentic leadership.

When it comes to leadership, authenticity has become a highly prized attribute.  Described by Harvard Business Review as ‘the gold standard for leadership’, authenticity demands a high degree of self-awareness and can be difficult to attain.

Why does authenticity matter? Well, employees and customers expect transparency and they value leaders who are open, honest and genuine. We want our leaders to act with integrity. This has become increasingly important in recent years as the pace of change increases in our unpredictable world.

When I was researching my Connected Leadership book, which explores how to create more agile, customer-driven organisations that are equipped to meet complex challenges, I identified authenticity as a key factor in becoming more connected.

Much of the focus on leadership development over the last two decades has been on developing inspirational or transformational leaders.  Authentic leadership represents a more inclusive and less individualistic style of leadership than transformational leadership: more in keeping with a shared process of connected leadership.

So, how can we create a more authentic, values-led culture in our organisations? Cirrus will explore this during a lunchtime webinar on Thursday 25 January. Drawing on research into authentic leadership that has been conducted over the last fifteen years, I’ll highlight the characteristics of an authentic organisation and talk through the four key attributes of an authentic leader. If you’d like to know more, please join us. You’ll have the opportunity to post your questions and comments during the webinar, and I look forward to some interesting interaction.

Sign up for our webinar on Thursday 25 January, How to Develop Authentic Leadership.

Further reading:

Authenticity, values, and connected leadership: Thoughts from Simon in Alliance Manchester Business School’s Network magazine.

How can you become a more authentic leader? Thoughts from Simon in Business First Australia magazine.

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