This article inspires a new wave of thinking in the fields of leadership and organizational studies. It helps you to achieve your plans and goals as you recover from the pandemic. The most important aspect of the post-pandemic recovery is YOU as a leader. And we recommend trying to be an authentic leader to make the right decisions for your followers. This is what you and executives need to do in the post-pandemic era.
The pandemic has set people back and there is a need to be healthy and responsive. Developing authentic leadership is a major milestone in your work and personal life. Authentic leaders rely on discernment on not only others, but also, and more importantly, themselves. Four simple steps are recommended to develop authentic leadership:
- Self-understanding of oneself: Jim Clawson discovered VABEs, which are values, assumptions, beliefs, and expectations of how we see the world. Understanding your VABEs places life more like a journey rather than a destination. Think of what you value based on what you prefer and do not prefer. Assumptions we accept without questioning. Beliefs are based upon what we feel deep inside about yourself and the world. In both our life and work, we simply expect things. Based on this knowledge, consider your VABEs now.
- Evaluating your desirable and undesirable self-aspects: We truly need to know what we see in ourselves, what we think others see in us, and what people see in us that we do not see in ourselves. Discover your undesirable self-aspects and try to reverse them.
- Actions for oneself: a plan or goal will put you in the right direction. Goals are based on two tenets that Randall Dunham discovered. First, goals need to have direction and the other component is intensity. Both must be consistent to achieve a goal. Ponder your goals now and remember to plan your day today and then plan your tomorrow today TOO!
- Developing interpersonal relationships: Being an authentic leader means being not in touch with yourself but also being in touch with others. Communication is key. Too much is not welcomed and too little is neglecting others.
This article offers novel insights into how managers can become more effective authentic leaders in the post-pandemic era. When being an authentic leader, it would help to consider the difference and how you would lead more effectively. Particularly, a leader’s ability to develop authentic leadership can be significantly affected by using the four steps of authentic leadership. Take some time to combine your knowledge of yourself with these ideas to develop your ability to engage in authentic leadership. Remember to use your strengths first, then your opportunities, next, if possible.