WCL Insights: How to Craft Your Authentic Leadership Style

Leadership researchers have conducted thousands of studies over the last several decades, but not one was able to produce a clear profile of the ideal leader’s styles, characteristics or personality. What works for one leader fails for another, because people trust (and follow) leaders when they are genuine and authentic. As the Harvard Business Review declared in January 2015, “authenticity has emerged as the gold standard for leadership.” So, with your ideal leadership style unique to you, where do you start to define and develop it?

Executive Summary: Using Your Voice -- Like You Mean It

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously said, “The human voice is the organ of the soul.” In fact, the voice is our way of sharing our truths, and it’s an instrument distinctive to each of us.  Learning to embrace and maximize its unique qualities – regardless of how your own voice sounds to you – is critically important; voicing efficiently and developing resonance will make us sound more confident.

Executive Summary: A Focus on Team and the Human Experience

The definition of bias is, “prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.” We all suffer from bias to some degree. We can’t get away from it because our old brain employed bias to keep us safe from threats. Today, those threats don’t exist, and so we have to practice utilizing our new-brain, the pre-frontal cortex, to overcome unsubstantiated biases.

Executive Summary: The Pressure of Perfect

The definition of bias is, “prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.” We all suffer from bias to some degree. We can’t get away from it because our old brain employed bias to keep us safe from threats. Today, those threats don’t exist, and so we have to practice utilizing our new-brain, the pre-frontal cortex, to overcome unsubstantiated biases.