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5th January 2017

WHY AUTHENTICITY IS GOOD FOR THE BOTTOM LINE!

We are all told that individual development supports organisational performance, and it seems intuitively right. But sometimes it is difficult to see just how it is so, and especially when you are trying to explain it to a skeptical CEO or FD … This schematic highlights the intrinsic links.

AT THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL:

Individual authenticity – the ability to “bring the whole of yourself to work” and to express yourself without fear – means that individuals grasp true accountability for their actions. They want to do what they do because they know that it is aligned with the fulfilment of their own aspirations (in whatever sphere is important to them). They know their work enables them to fulfill themselves.

AT THE GROUP LEVEL:

This creates an organisational culture of engagement (“I want to be here and doing this”), empowerment (“I can do this in the best way I know possible, unafraid to ask for help and support because doing it to the highest level is important to me”), which releases both individual and team/group energy to be applied to the task (“This is such a great place to be and work!”).

AT THE ORGANISATIONAL LEVEL:

All this means that individual and group performance goes up, productivity at all levels is increased and profit – however measured –  is the end result and marker of the fulfilment of purpose, especially with the concept of the “triple bottom line” – is delivered.

What context is needed for these relationships to come to fruition? An open, adult-to-adult culture with a clear purpose that enables alignment at all levels. And the key requirement for this? Leadership, purpose, courage, honesty, vulnerability and humility.

It all comes back to who you choose to be …

WHY AUTHENTICITY IS GOOD FOR THE BOTTOM LINE!

WHY AUTHENTICITY IS GOOD FOR THE BOTTOM LINE!

Posted by Jefferson Cann

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