Thoughts about authentic leadership

I was asked to speak recently to an audience about difference between leadership and management, and this led me to consider many aspects of authentic leadership, If you read my blog regularly you will know that I have some very clear ideas about this.
For me, leadership is about bringing everyone together with what they have in common – shared vision and values. Management is about nurturing people’s uniqueness as individuals so that they are doing what they a good at most – contributing their strengths to the greater effort.
I enjoyed listening to Maree Morizzi Head of Consumer Car Loans – Auto Finance Division  ESANDA at this same event on her views on leadership and what it takes. It was interesting that both of us speak of authenticity and being true to yourself.

Here are Maree’s thoughts:
“Authentic Leadership – 4 Key Elements – Maree Morizzi


  • Congruence is being consistent by ‘walking the talk’ and leading by example
  • Being who you are, in every moment and every interaction
  • Doing what you say you are going to do and delivering on promises
  • Standing up for what you believe in


  • Not being afraid to do away with the sacred cows
  • Being open-minded
  • Testing new ideas
  • Sailing unchartered waters
  • Being upfront when things don’t work


  • Open, honest, frank communication.
  • Being straight-up in delivering messages – not sugar coating
  • Calling behaviours that are inconsistent with the values of your business
  • Being completely transparent about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it
  • Communication that is meaningful and relevant to people

Positive emotion

  • Positive emotion is important in setting tone as the leader – show your passion for what you do
  • Adapting and shifting tone and emotion is important – emotion needs to be relevant to the situation and context
  • Positive emotion enables you to get into the hearts and minds of people”

This is a far more eloquent way of saying “you can’t fake it until you make it”. You have to believe in what you do….and play full out to get it. My mantra as you know is “if it was meant to be it is up to me.” Like wise, I cannot do it on my own – and authentic leadership is the way to make it happen.

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