Authentic Leadership

In order to successfully conceptualize change in a positive manner leaders have to utilize various positive tools such as embracing paradoxes, seeking ambiguity, and reframing situations (Disch, 2009.) Generative leadership tools such as embracing paradoxes defines what conditions a leader could pursue both X and y, or identifies areas of similarity and complimentary differences. Another effective tool for embracing and influencing positive change is seeking more than one meaning, realizing there are multifaceted approaches to thinking and solving problems. Disch , 2009 refers to this tool of thinking and approaching situations incorporating inclusive language over concrete singular language as ‘seeking ambiguity. The generative leadership tool of reframing situations which expands options for solving problems is a key tool to leverage situations to an optimal solution (Disch, 2009.)

Other tools such as authenticity and emotional intelligence sustain a healthy work environment by involving evidence-based and relationship-centered principles such as skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision making, meaningful recognition, and authentic leadership (Triola, 2007.) Triola, 2007 also discusses authentic leadership involving emotional intelligence including characteristics such as self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills which can contribute to positive change. To create an environment of trust and openness utilizing tools outlined by Triola, 2007 and Disch, 2009, I would first look within and demonstrate self-awareness, conduct myself in a controlled manner, motivated and empathetic to current situations and the state of the team. As a leader, it would be my responsibility to emulate the authentic behavior and emotional intelligence to set the standard and example for my team to be inspired to follow. Expressing my vulnerability opens up others to feel comfortable to share their weaknesses.