The VITAL AUTHENTICITY Assessment

Maurice Kerrigan MK Africa

The VITAL AUTHENTICITY Assessment

This assessment aims to measure VITAL AUTHENTICITY which is AUTHENTICITY in action. Not just being true, but true in a useful way: vital, meaning concerned with or essential to organic life; essential to existence. The assessment is one of our studies in the field of ‘positive psychology’: the study of optimal human functioning which puts an emphasis on mental wellness rather than mental illness.

The importance of AUTHENTIC leadership

The central truth is this, a leader cannot lead unless they are AUTHENTIC – meaning being sincere in their intent, being true to themselves, and through their purposeful, congruent actions, being perceived by others as 'real'.
Maurice Kerrigan

AUTHENTIC leadership is the degree to which one is true to one's own personality, spirit, or character, despite external forces, pressures and influences.

To become AUTHENTIC each of us has to develop our own leadership style, consistent with our personality and character. AUTHENTIC Leadership is a question of character. It is a habit acquired through practice and constant self-improvement, not temperament or personality. Through practice leaders achieve AUTHENTIC maturity in all its aspects – judgmental, emotional, and behavioural. Practice over time will allow you to hone your style to be effective in leading different types of people and to work in different types of environments. The use of adaptive styles is not inauthentic and is very different from playing a succession of roles that are not fitting to your character or personality. Being yourself is always best and good leaders are able to nuance their natural leadership style to the demands of the situation, and know when and how to deploy different styles. However, first find your AUTHENTIC self then practice its application – excellence comes first, then effectiveness second.