What is Authentic Leadership?
Descriptive words for authenticity include genuine, reliable, trustworthy, real, and veritable. Authenticity can be conceived as both owning your personal experiences (thoughts, emotions, or beliefs, “the real me inside”), and acting in accord with your true self (behaving and expressing what you really think and believe). The Authentic Leader is self-aware, transparent, highly moral/ethical, and a thoughtful decision maker. The authentic leader is true to him or herself and exhibits authenticity through behaviors that — when positively modeled by followers — transform and develop them into becoming authentic leaders themselves. Authentic leaders are active and positive in the way they behave in their world and how they interact with others.