IE Business School leadership professor Margarita Mayo shares insights on how to become an authentic leader.
Those about to step into the role of leader are often faced with a challenge. What kind of leader to be?
Of course it’s important to learn from others, but it’s also vital to develop your own unique style based on your strengths and weaknesses: your own authentic leadership style.
IE Business School leadership professor Margarita Mayo was recently included in the prestigious 2017 Thinkers50 Radar, which showcases truly independent-minded thinkers from around the world, all driven by curiosity and innovation.
In her forthcoming book, Professor Mayo explores the shifting nature of authenticity in leadership roles. In this video, she shares three key, research-based insights into how to become an authentic leader: heart, habit and habitat.
She suggests leaders begin their search for authenticity by looking inside themselves. Find your passion, so you can share it with your team and inspire them, winning their hearts over.
Then, build healthy leadership habits by seeking out honest and critical feedback to develop a routine that helps you to grow, adapt and progress.
As an authentic leader, it’s also essential to enrich your organization, your habitat, by building an space that keeps its focus on the accomplishments of your team and helps them shine.
Listen to what Professor Mayo has to say about how to become an authentic leader – in essence, she’s telling you to follow your heart.
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He says that the projects that get him up in the morning are those promoting networks that are both curiously inventive and collectively reflective. And those projects can be anywhere.
In this video he talks about The Silicon Fen and asks himself the question of how could Cambridge, a sleepy, if brilliant college town, become a world center of applied scientific innovation? Talent attracts talent –he says.
Hungarians are the only ones capable of entering a revolving door last and coming out first, the great Billy Wilder once said. Well, it’s not that Hungarian Prof. Monika Hamori plays tricks on you in an attempt to come first, it’s just that it’s inevitable. Once you begin to talk with Prof. Hamori, she will be so full of knowledge and because of that, the only option is to let her go first, if you see what I mean.
When I first spoke with the pilot of the helicopter, I sensed that he was a bit skeptical about who this Professor was and what he business was being in and talking around in his helicopter. But, you guessed it, in the end, it turned out that he and Monika ended up getting along just fine. In fact, they ended up firing questions at each other to resolve issues facing CEOs. Have a look.
She teaches human resources but also has a master’s in Hungarian literature and linguistics. “Few academics combine Hamori’s appetite for “proper” research with such interesting, behaviour-changing conclusions, says Thinker50. And she is among the world’s 40 best business school professors under the age of 40, adds Poets & Quants.