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Understanding Authentic Leadership

Leading with the true you

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Authentic leadership has been called the gold standard for leadership - but what does it mean, why might it be beneficial for leaders, the organisations they lead and the people that work in them?
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Authentic leadership has been called the gold standard for leadership - but what does it mean, why might it be beneficial for leaders, the organisations they lead and the people that work in them? 

This book explores the underlying concepts of authentic leadership, its benefits and challenges, both for individuals and organisations. It also provides some practical guidance for those wishing to become an authentic leader and how authentic leaders can choose a role and organisation in which they can thrive.

About the author

Andy Turnbull is an executive coach and business consultant, having spent over 15 years in various senior management and leadership roles within national and international organisations. He has experience of developing people, managing change and developing strategy. He particularly works with leaders who are committed to developing a more authentic approach to their leadership and management.

  1. Introduction 
  2. Why bother with authentic leadership? 
    1. Why bother with authentic leadership 
    2. Why an organisation might be interested in authentic leadership 
    3. Why employees might be interested in authentic leadership 
  3. What is authentic leadership? 
    1. Defining leadership 
    2. Defining authentic leadership 
  4. Understanding motivation 
    1. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation 
    2. Theories of motivation 
  5. The importance of alignment 
    1. The challenge of alignment 
    2. Your values 
    3. Your company’s values 
    4. Sufficient alignment 
  6. Developing authenticity in leaders 
    1. Leadership style 
    2. Transparency 
    3. Barriers to authenticity 
    4. Developing personal authenticity 
    5. Benefits of authenticity 
    6. Challenges of authenticity 
  7. Developing authentic organisations 
    1. What is an authentic organisation? 
    2. Participation 
    3. Recruitment and induction 
  8. Conclusion 

About the Author
Andy

Andy Turnbull

Andy is an executive coach and personal development coach based in the UK but with clients worldwide. Andy works with senior managers and leaders to develop their coaching management style and their authentic approach to leadership.

Andy has spent many years in senior management and leadership roles within both national and international organisations and he understands the challenges, tensions and benefits of senior executive roles.

Originally an accountant by profession, he particularly enjoys working with professionals who have a technical background and need to make the transition to being a manager and leader.

Developing the essential soft skills doesn't come naturally to everyone - but it is often these soft skills that set people apart from their peers and open doors to senior levels in an organisation. From communication skills to strategic thinking, from coaching skills to problem solving and from navigating office politics to innovation, soft skills cover a lot of territory.

Andy is a Fellow Chartered Public Finance Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. He is also a Licensed Unitive Coach which is a coaching approach that seeks to reconnect people with their true selves and allow them to live authentic lives and become authentic leaders.