How to Be an Authentic Leader

Leaders who stay loyal to their values are better able to provide meaning to followers than those who just go with the flow

While organizations have become fairly adept at the management side of business, many are lacking when it comes to providing leadership and meaning to followers. They often struggle to answer or even discuss key questions, leaving their followers feeling lost. Organizations and their leaders must ask themselves: What societal purpose do we serve for our followers? And how can we lead with meaning?

The path to leading with meaning involves two components. The first is diagnostic and includes two parts: understanding yourself and your organization. The second examines how to provide meaning to followers and adjust your approach in order to lead with meaning.

In this paper, Matthias Spitzmuller, assistant professor of organizational behaviour, reviews the key factors and questions to consider when following this leadership path. 

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