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Magazine Authentic Leadership Guide: Not all leaders are good and acknowledgement of this can often be the first step towards better leadership. In order to lead better, leaders and academics have turned to the idea of authentic leadership.
A leadership model, which believes that genuine leadership that basis its decisions on values can guide people towards the greater good.
The historical context Authentic leadership is another concept with roots in Ancient Greek philosophy. Ancient Greek philosophers concurred authenticity to be an important state of being, as it emphasized being in control of your own destiny and who you truly are as a person.
The word authentic comes from the Greek word, authentikos, which means principal or genuine. Authentic persons were true themselves and their surroundings. Furthermore, authenticity was closely linked to the Ancient Greek model of cardinal virtues.
To the Greeks, there were four key virtues to follow: The virtues called the person to: Consider all the possible courses of action and acting in a fair-minded manner prudence Stay emotionally balanced and in control at all times temperance Deal with other people in a fair manner justice Have enough courage to do the right thing fortitude By developing these virtues, people were thought to improve their inner self and the relationships they had with other people.
An authentic leader, therefore, needed the four virtues in order to lead in a just and good manner. To the Ancient Greeks, authentic leadership was moral and selfless to a degree. Throughout the human history, philosophers, musicians and artists have explored this concept.
In the Western world, some of the most famous minds have talked about authenticity and authentic behavior. Descartes suggested authenticity is the following of your inner voice, which calls for responsible behavior. Authentic behavior was therefore often a natural existence, which was available for us all.
In the s, authentic leadership entered the discussion and its inclusion was mostly driven by the need to reflect on certain negative elements the rising corporate culture had brought about.
In the early stages of the theorizing, authenticity became attached as a reflection of organizations as well as individuals. An organization could start highlighting its authenticity by acting in a responsible manner, reacting to uncertainty and being creative.
The modern context Although the conversation around authenticity within the corporate culture began in the s, it took a while before the concept was fully explored as a leadership model. He saw the problems of organizations often stemming from doing the opposite of that — hiding the truth, in order to avoid having to deal with problems.
To Bennis, leaders were made and not born, suggesting that authentic leadership is at the grasp of everyone. George published a book called Authentic Leadership in and later refined his ideas further in True North.
Theory and Practice wrote about the scandals and their influence on leadership theories. In Authentic Leadership, George described authentic leaders as: The book restated the idea that leadership is not something you are born with, but that authentic leadership, especially, requires constant development and growth.
George developed an idea of leadership as a journey, with three distinct phases: In the first part of your journey, you prepare yourself for the leadership. In the final part of the leadership journey, you start seeking opportunities to spread your leadership wisdom to others and give back to the community, even though the learning process continues.
You can see what the journey looks like in the below chart:Designed to measure the components that comprise Authentic Leadership: self awareness, transparency, ethical/moral behavior, and balanced processing. Table Assessment of different levels of purpose in five dimensions across seven areas of organizational functioning..
Bridges of Understanding. Understanding is the key to assessing the real situation in order to find solutions to an organizational problem. The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute.
With learning centers in communities and on the internet, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the world’s preeminent network of Jewish learning.
Barbara Crosby, Ph.D., associate professor in the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, specializing in leadership, cross-sector collaboration, and public policy; member of the faculty steering committee member, Center for Integrative Leadership.
A comprehensive review of positive psychology.
Positive psychology. William D. Tillier; Calgary Alberta; Update: Under construction. Component #2: Internalized moral perspective The second core component of authentic leadership relates to doing the right thing. As mentioned earlier, authentic leadership is closely related to ethics and especially the concern of fairness.