Authentic leadership

04 mars 2021
Marie Croes
  • 🆘 Help! My boss thinks his leadership style is the only one that works 🆘

    Do you recognize this?
    ⭕ You have read a lot about authentic leadership, and you are convinced this is the way to go
    ⭕ You know your preferred leadership style. Even better, it works since your team is engaged and performs well, and you are their hero 🦸‍♀️

    BUT… you have the nagging feeling your boss is not satisfied with how you manage your team. Worse, he/she imposes his/her leadership style on you intending to make you a better leader’.
    ‘I am successful, so be like me, and you'll also be a good leader.’
    Or for the Insights lovers: ‘Red is the only color leading to success.’

    Big dilemma! 🤷‍♂️ Do you stick to your style, or do you adapt and play the role your boss wants you to play?

    Let’s be clear:
    👨‍🏫 Success is not the result of one best leadership style
    👨‍🏫 Different leadership styles can bring success
    👨‍🏫 Diversity of leadership styles is key
    👨‍🏫 Make sure you know how you prefer to lead your team
    👨‍🏫 Stay true to yourself and be proud of your leadership style
    👨‍🏫 Show others (+ your boss) that your style also leads to success

    Easier said than done? An Ambits Business Mentor can help you in this process.

Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • new in this role


    • lack self-confidence
    • don’t know how to go from being a colleague to being a boss
    • need to loosen up on the command & control leadership style
    • must let go of the (technical) expert status
    • cannot give or accept constructive feedback
    • feel pressure to perform as manager
    • have difficulty building relationships
    • want to be liked by everyone or want to be the ‘bad boss’
    • play the hero
  • are struggling


    • stay too involved in operations
    • have trouble prioritizing
    • cannot delegate
    • fear conflict situations
    • disconnect from the team
    • deal with flawed strategic thinking
    • do not relate to higher management
    • lack clear communication skills
    • remain not self-aware
    • avoid difficult conversations
    • miss political antennas
    • ...
  • capable of more


    • need mental preparation as successor
    • need to be able to lead big changes ahead
    • need to learn to be emotionally resilient and in control
    • need to learn to make big decisions fast without all the information
    • must become persuasive presenters
    • need to learn how to cultivate their own personal brand
    • need to learn how to lead by example
    • manage by trust, not by fear
    • need to overly develop empathy
    • ...
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