Management Café - for leaders of colocated and remote teams
About This Show
Improve your management and leadership practice over a cup of coffee and get a book recommendation too.
The role of the manager is evolving as technology helps us to self-organise and take more control of how and where we work from. In this podcast, Pilar Orti from Virtual not Distant, dissects modern management practice, not just for official managers, but for team members who want to make things happen too.
Season 2 coming soon.
Most Recent Episode
MC2-11 Should We Be Authentic Leaders?
I'm back for another season. This time I will be podcasting "freestyle" using an article as inspiration. In today's episode I talk about what "authentic leadership" means to me and why I'm not that sure about the term... To get in touch, go to www.managementcafepodcast.com or www.virtualnotdistant.com Today’s episode has been inspired by this article. You might want to read it before listening. The Truth About Authentic Leaders by Bill George, author of “Authentic Leadership” What did you think? What did you take from it? What are your questions/observations/reservations/agreements? Here is what I took from it and the thoughts this article sparked in me 1) What is “authentic leadership”? Not pretending we’re someone we’re not. Not pretending we know everything. Let our personality and values through (not necessarily our personal life) Make unpopular decisions that aligh with our values – tricky for middle management It’s a great alternative to “heroic leadership” where you are seen as having to pull the cart. I would say we need flexibility, self-awareness and a degree of vulnerability. Example from Originals, loc 3152 2) The “bringing your whole self to work” dilemma. Flexibility is key – and after all, we bring different parts of ourselves to different situations and different relationships. Low self-monitors; High self-monitors “Authentic leaders are sensitive to the impact their words and actions have on others, not because they are “messaging” the right talking points. “They don’t hide behind flaws, instead they seek to understand them.” It’s not about being rigid, but in being honest about who you are. “One of the hardest things for leaders to do is to understand how other people see them, which is often quite different than how they want to be seen.” “Adapt the style without compromising character.” Go back to the point on vulnerability – another article, this time from Inc. Jack Ma made a Fool of H