Potential to be abused, concerned w/ changing peoples’ values and instilling vision o It’s elitist, antidemocratic, hero-worshipping Chapter 9 Authentic Leadership Intrapersonal critical life events given meaning and develop leader o Lead from conviction and exhibit genuine leadership Interpersonal co-constructed by interaction of leaders and followers Developmental can be fostered in leaders over lifetime or result of major events
o Grounded in positive psychological qualities and strong ethics The interpersonal approach aligns well with followership, more so than the intrapersonal approach Authentic Leadership Perspectives Theoretical Perspective o Describes what authentic leadership is and what accounts for it (eg. attributes developed over time through critical events) Practical Perspective o Identifies how to be authentic and to develop authentic leadership (eg. characteristics leaders need to be authentic) Theoretical Perspective on Authentic Leadership o Authenticity had emerged in work by Bass in 90s on transformational leadership but lacked explanation o World events fostered uncertainty about leadership; desire for leadership that served common good o Research emerged following articles in early 2000s and a Gallup Leadership Institute Summit Theoretical Approach Chart on slideshow Factors that Affect Authentic Leadership Psycap o Personal resources people bring to their jobs o Confidence, hope, optimism, resilience Moral Reasoning o Deciding right and wrong o Promotion of justice, greater good of community and organization Positive Psychological Capacities (PsyCap) Confidence o Belief in one’s ability to succeed; self-efficacy Hope o Positive motivational state based on willpower and goal-setting Optimism o Favourable expectations of future; positive framing Resilience o Ability to positively adapt, recover, adjust to hardships Factors that Influence Authentic Leadership Critical life events o Moments within someone’s life that significantly shape their development o Acts as a catalyst for change and stimulate personal growth o Insights connected to life events and foster clarity o Positive or negative in nature
Components of Authentic Leadership Self-awareness reflecting on, and awareness of, core values, identity, emotions, motives Internalized moral perspective self-regulatory process using internal moral standards to guide behaviour Balanced processing ability to analyze info objectively and explore people’s opinions before making a decision Relational transparency being open and honest in presenting one’s true self to others A Practical Perspective on Authentic Leadership o Focus on qualities and way to develop these to become an authentic leader o Based on personal experience and 125 interviews, authentic leaders: o Have strong sense of purpose o Have strong values and ethics o Establish trusting relationships o Demonstrate self-discipline and act on values o Are sensitive and empathetic to others A Practical Perspective o Five dimensions related to specific characteristics that individuals need to develop to become authentic leaders o How do the five characteristics relate to the dimensions?
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