Authentic Leadership

Gone are the days when leaders are only meant to be followed. Now, more than ever, we need authentic leadership that will move, inspire, and create a positive impact on people. 

In this episode, I chat with Deborah Coviello who advocates implementing authentic leadership beyond the boardroom. For Deb, leaders need to know who they are as a leader and why do they lead.

People have become tired of leaders only in title. They need someone who will roll up their sleeves and go side by side with employees. Moreover, there should be genuine care for people who are working with them.

Deb believes that leading authentically starts with doing the self-work. It requires the recognition that something needs to be done differently. Also, leaders should let go of the things that are no longer serving their purpose. 

Although leaders can easily lose themselves in the process of leading, the willingness to change and do better should always be present. 

When leaders are not open to making certain adjustments, they will not be heard, it delays decisions, deflates their confidence and ultimately, they are reduced to being transactional managers. 

The goal of being an authentic leader is to deliver influential messages that will inspire people to be more creative in their work. It creates an impact on how communication should be done. 

Deborah believes that results should never be the main target of a leader. After all, leaders are working with people with different emotions and personalities. The work needs to begin with managing good communication and making sure that they are on the same page. 

The growing demand for authentic leaders is an indication that people don’t just want someone they can follow. Rather, we need leaders who are open to experimenting and following their hearts. 

When a person authentically leads, she creates an inspiring path for people to follow. It becomes easier to align values and aim for their business goal. 

Time Stamps:

  • Deborah’s definition of authentic leadership (04:15) 
  • The obstacles of being an authentic leader (05:45)
  • Impacts of not showing authenticity and vulnerability in leaders (08:15)
  • The need for authentic leadership in a time of crisis (10:17)
  • Utilizing self-work to do something different (13:23)
  • The benefits of letting go of things that are not serving you (16:25) 
  • Deb’s preview of her book “The CEO’S Compass” (18:30)

Resources Mentioned:


  • “Leaders need to think about, do I get a result or do I leave an impact with the people I lead?” -Deborah Coviello
  • “Being a leader is one thing but how we connect with the people that we’re leading and trying to inspire influence is a totally different set of skills.” -Deborah Coviello
  • “Be open to change, experimenting and going with your heart.” -Deborah Coviello

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About Deborah Coviello

Deborah is originally trained as an engineer, eventually, she found her path crossing the leadership development arena. She realized that this area allows her to provide more impact on leaders.

Deb believes that leadership goes beyond the boardroom, and it enriches every facet of our lives. She has over 20+ years of experience in Quality and Operational Excellence as the Drop In CEO. 

She uses her vast knowledge to help CEOs identify, assess and solve the problems that are hindering business growth.

Furthermore, she is also married to her best friend of 33 years, and they have 3 amazing children who are also making a difference in society.