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Authentic Leadership

12 Jul 2021 9:23 AM | Sarah Kelly (Administrator)

By Sarah Blakelock

Authentic leadership is all about building trust through honest relationships with followers. Research has found that authentic leaders are seen as trustworthy and believable. They are also more likely to have followers who thrive at work and have higher creativity, optimism, trust, and work engagement.

You’re probably thinking, “So, what does authentic leadership mean? What do I do to become a more authentic leader?”

To get you started, here are the 4 components of authentic leadership:

 Self-Awareness

Balanced Processing 

 Internalized Moral Perspective

Relational Transparency 


  • Self-awareness is the process of understanding oneself by reflecting on one’s core values, identity, motives, and goals.
  • Balanced processing refers to an individual’s ability to analyze information objectively and explore other ideas before making a decision.
  • Internalized moral perspective is a self-regulatory process whereby individuals use their internal moral standards and values to guide their behavior rather than allowing external pressures to control them.
  • Relational transparency involves being open and honest when presenting oneself to others, including positive and negative aspects.


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