The Seven Attributes That Identify Authentic Leadership

For many years, leadership has been one of the most discussed topics among world leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives; it has been thought in universities and has been studied by scientists. We talk about leadership on an everyday basis, because it is truly important. Great leaders have changed the world as we know it, but people with excellent leadership skills have been responsible for some of the most disastrous events in history.

When we take a closer look at the importance of engaging leadership skills for ambitious entrepreneurs, we notice that the psychological process of influencing others – potential partners, clients, investors, team members, and even the crowd at pitching and networking events, – plays a key role in every entrepreneurial journey.

“Only three things happen naturally in organizations: Friction, confusion, and underperformance; Everything else requires leadership.” Peter Drucker

Every entrepreneur would like to be an extraordinary leader, yet some people are born with the natural gift of it. If you are not one of those lucky ones, there is still a chance for you to develop your leadership skills. The process is long and may take years of studying the subject, but, for a starter, let’s look at the history and explore the personal characteristics that connect the great leaders from the past. Let’s answer the question: “What to look for in great leaders?”

To help people around the world to become aspiring leaders, Dr. Gary Bertoline, who is Dean of the College of Technology, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology, and a Professor of Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University, has studied the subject and has determined the seven main attributes of authentic leadership.

During his TEDxPurdueU, Gary Bertoline shares the seven attributes of authentic leadership, which are as follows:

  • Strong Vision – Start with the WHY?
  • Optimism – Be fundamentally optimistic!
  • Ego – Believe that what you believe is right!
  • Charisma – Connect with the people you are involved in!
  • Passion – Passion keeps you going!
  • Trust which leads to faith – People need to believe in the leader!
  • Alignment with your personal values – It all comes back to your personal values and beliefs!

Do you agree with these seven attributes?

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