Chapter 11: Authentic Leadership

Chapter 11 – Authentic Leadership focuses on whether a leader is genuine or “real” in the way they lead. Authentic leaders demonstrate five basic characteristics:

  • they understand their purpose
  • they have strong values about the right thing to do
  • they establish trusting relationships with others
  • they demonstrate self-discipline
  • they are passionate about their mission

An authentic leader is self-aware, self-regulating, open and honest. The four key positive attributes that influence authentic leadership are confidence, hope, optimism and resilience and the identified factors that are influential in a person’s ability to become an authentic leader are positive psychological capacities, moral reasoning capacities and critical life events.


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