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.

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      • Manager types

      • Who are you?

    • Ambits offers business mentoring to different audiences. Our mentor community is equipped to help them with their specific leadership challenges. Discover below what Ambits can do for you.

    • Young professional

        • Young professional

          • Kicking-off your career
          • Eager to discover your strengths
          • Find your position in the organization to perform at your best
    • First time manager

        • First time manager

          • Taking up your first leadership role
          • Moving from an operational to a management position
          • Discovering the challenges of people management
    • Middle Manager

        • Middle Manager

          • Positioned between first-line and top management
          • Balancing between managing up and managing down
          • Leveraging the potential of people & teams
    • Top manager

    • Entrepreneur or founder

        • Entrepreneur or founder

          • Starting or scaling up your own company
          • Experiencing growing pains
          • Eager to develop solid leadership to move to the next level
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