1 juni 2023

Authentic Leadership:
The Outcome of Inner Alignment

1 juni 2023

Authentic Leadership:
The Outcome of Inner Alignment


Authenticity is not something you can fake; it’s the natural outcome of inner alignment. As leaders, we often strive to be authentic, but what does that truly mean? Authentic leadership goes beyond surface-level behaviours or traits—it emerges when our thoughts, emotions, and actions are in harmony. Let’s explore the transformative power of inner alignment and the profound impact it has on our leadership.

Meet Saskia, a highly accomplished executive who, despite her external success, felt disconnected and inauthentic as a leader. She realised that true authenticity couldn’t be achieved by adopting certain behaviours or mimicking others. It required a journey of self-discovery and inner alignment.

Authenticity as an Outcome:

Authenticity is not a checkbox; it’s the result of aligning the head, heart, and body. When our thoughts align with our values and beliefs, our emotions align with our intentions, and our actions align with our purpose, authenticity naturally emerges. It’s the congruence between our internal world and our external expression that defines authentic leadership.

Inner Alignment and Presence:

A crucial aspect of authentic leadership is presence. Being fully present in our interactions means setting aside distractions, listening deeply, and genuinely engaging with others. When Saskia began cultivating presence, she noticed a shift in how her team perceived her. They sensed her genuine care and commitment, and it fostered an environment of trust and collaboration.

Client Case: Saskia’s Transformation:

Saskia’s journey toward authentic leadership brought about remarkable changes. Her team members felt seen and heard, and their contributions were valued. This sense of belonging and appreciation empowered them to give their best, leading to increased productivity and innovation. Saskia’s authenticity inspired her team to show up authentically as well, creating a positive ripple effect throughout the organisation.

Reflective Questions for Readers:

To cultivate your own authentic leadership, take a moment to reflect:

  • What aspects of your leadership style align with your core values and beliefs?
  • How can you cultivate a greater sense of presence and attunement in your interactions?
  • What might be getting in the way: what are you trying to suppress or actively hiding?
  • What will it take for you to reveal more about who you are and what is true for you?

Authentic leadership is not a destination; it’s an ongoing journey of self-discovery and inner alignment. When we embody authenticity, it resonates with those around us. Remember, authenticity cannot be manufactured—it’s the outcome of aligning our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

As you embark on your own path of authentic leadership, strive to be fully present, listen deeply, and foster an environment where others can show up authentically. When people experience your presence and attunement, they will recognise you as an authentic leader, inspiring others to embrace their own authenticity.

Please note that all client stories shared in this blog post are done so with the explicit permission of the individuals involved. To respect confidentiality, any specific details have been carefully sanitized

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About the Author

Miranda Berkhof is an International Transformation Facilitator & Leadership Coach

At the core of Miranda Berkhof’s work lies leadership transformation. Miranda is deeply committed to guide leaders on their personal and professional journeys.  

With over 15 years of experience in developing leaders and transforming organisations, she understands that business/system transformation requires a personal transformation of leaders. 

In her words: “Life is a transformational journey, and so is leadership. In both, we are invited to learn, to add new discoveries through experience and to gain deeper insights about ourselves, and about how we relate to others and the world at large. Often, the best we can do is get out of our own way and allow ourselves to embark on the journey.”

May you live your best life and discover the new leader within,



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