Learn to be authentic by getting mentored

Learn to be authentic by getting mentored

03 December 2020
Veerle Seymus
Veerle Seymus
  • The definition of authenticity

  • Authenticity is the degree to which a person's actions are congruent with their beliefs and desires, despite external pressures to conformity.”

    In a business context, authenticity directly impacts performance and is believed to be the essential factor in achieving long-term success for an organization. Why is that?

  • A leader’s authenticity

  • What is authentic leadership?

    According to Wikipedia, authentic leadership emphasizes building the leader's legitimacy through honest relationships with followers, which value their input and are built on an ethical foundation. Generally, authentic leaders are positive people with truthful self-concepts who promote openness.

    What is the impact of authentic leadership on the workplace?

    Authentic leaders form positive and empowering work environments by providing employees access to information, opportunities to learn and grow, adequate support, and resources.

    Empowering work environments foster increased engagement and commitment to work, resulting in greater job satisfaction, higher productivity, and performance and higher-quality relationships.

    It is authentic leadership at the root of effective leadership that builds healthier work environments.

  • Employee’s authenticity

  • People who can be their whole selves in the workplace become more engaged and less risk-averse. People who know who they are and what they believe in can use their physical, intellectual, and emotional energies in their work roles. They lose less time and energy amending themselves and can develop high-quality relationships with their collaborators.

    Authentic employees have more job satisfaction, go the extra mile, have a stronger sense of community, and less stress.

  • Authenticity is the key to a successful organization?

  • If the company culture is aligned with the company values, workers are more ethical, leaders more confident, and customer relationships stronger. Authentic organizational culture is the breeding ground of originality and innovation, productivity, accountability, agility, and adaptability in the face of continuously changing circumstances.

  • Workplace productivity is made possible by authentic social connections.

  • How to be authentic

  • Give people an insight into you as a person, including the roadblocks you have encountered on your career path. Sharing your experiences, vulnerabilities, and dreams with people builds empathy and allows them to relate to you in a way they can understand. Don’t be afraid of uncomfortable conversations and invite differing viewpoints.

    Paraphrasing our Business Mentor Jan: “Being true to yourself brings out the best in you.”

    Every day is another opportunity to use authenticity as a tool for growth.

  • Jan Scheck still

Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • not or inadequately trained 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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