128 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
Authentic leadership is an approach to leadership that emphasizes building the leader’s legitimacy through honest relationships with followers which value their input and are built on an ethical foundation. By building trust and generating enthusiastic support from their subordinates, authentic leaders are able to improve individual and team performance. Many scholars and practitioners of authentic leadership say that the number one quality of an authentic leader is self-awareness. Self-aware leaders are transformational. Armed with self-awareness they build engaging, cooperative teams. How to gain and sustain self-awareness is the focus of the book. This book addresses current leadership challenges in health care and gives leaders guidelines for finding, living and sharing their authentic voice at home and at work. It is a much needed handbook to give current leaders perspective and practical tips to being more authentic, communicating more effectively while building engaging rapport across the organization.
Additionally, a focus of the book is patient satisfaction. With a focus on nurse and physician leadership, this book provides new perspectives and action plans to increase patient satisfaction through communication that speaks to the needs of the patient in authentic and engaging ways.
Chapter 1: Why we need authentic leaders
A glimpse of leadership perspectives from the industrial age to the coming empowerment age. The difference between being authentic and being an authentic leader. The challenges in the healthcare industry relating to authentic leadership. What it means to be an authentic leader in health care and the characteristics of authentic leaders.
Chapter 2: The three voices of authentic leaders
Introduction to a framework for gaining personal authenticity and self-awareness. Brief explanation of the framework and how it is applied in the book.
Chapter 3: Inner Voice Handbook
What it means to have a healthy inner voice and why it is important in health care. How to communicate effectively with self.
Chapter 4: Outer Voice Handbook
Indicators of a healthy outer voice. How to communicate effectively with others.
Chapter 5: Expressive Voice Handbook
Expressing your authentic self. The role of leaders in society. Building rapport and communicating with the community.
Chapter 6: Alignment – Stay Aligned
The authentic leader aligns personal goals and values with those of the work environment.
Chapter 7: Authentic Leadership for Executive Teams
Addresses special needs of executive leaders.
Chapter 8: Authentic Leadership for Authentic Physicians
Chapter 9: Authentic Leadership for Patient Care
How authentic leadership impacts patient care.
Chapter 10: Authentic Leadership for Employee Retention
It’s all about the team of employees. Perspectives from an HR professional.
Chapter 11: Long Term Value of Authentic Leadership
Applying authentic leadership principles for long-term sustainability