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Part 2: What is Authentic Leadership? The Top Five behaviours needed to be an Authentic Leader

Tribe reveals five important behaviours required to be an authentic leader

In part 1, we featured Tribe consultants and leading experts form Arcadis and Portakabin talking about authentic leadership. In this article we identify the five top behavioural attributes…

Leaders hold a lot of responsibility and require key skills to effectively bring workers together and get the job done. But it takes an authentic leader to go beyond ‘getting the job done’ and foster trust. ‘Authenticity’ inspires workers to work towards a shared vision and create a positive company culture.

But what are the behaviours required to be an authentic leader?

  1. Trust: When a leader is authentic, they are seen as trustworthy and reliable. This is particularly important when it comes to safety, as employees need to trust and believe in their leaders to follow safety protocols.
  2. Communication: An authentic leader can effectively communicate with workers, explaining why health, safety and wellbeing measures are in place and how they need to be followed. This helps to create a culture where everyone is on the same page.
  3. Responsibility: An authentic leader takes responsibility for their actions and decisions, including health, safety and wellbeing decisions and receiving feedback. This sets a good example for all workers and encourages them to also take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.
  4. Curious: An authentic leader is not afraid to try new things, find innovative solutions to issues and wants to continue their growth and learning. This can help to improve protocols and create a safer and healthier work environment.
  5. Collaboration: Through building strong relationships and encouraging teamwork, a leader can create a sense of shared purpose and can empower others to achieve their full potential.

Overall, an authentic health, safety and wellbeing leader can create a work environment where safety is a top priority, trust and communication are encouraged, responsibility is embraced, and continuous improvement is pursued. The combination of these traits and skills lead to a stronger company culture, and in turn, makes people happier, healthier and safer.

Click here to watch Part One: What is an Authentic Leader?

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