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Authentic Leadership

Summary based on the chapter in Leadership by Peter Northouse

Joseph Ahmed

on 1 April 2013

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Transcript of Authentic Leadership

What is really, REALLY going on? Authentic Leadership Practical Approach Robert Terry, 1993 Another Practical Approach Bill George, 2003 Theoretical Approach Walumbwa, Wang, Wang, Schaubrock and Avolio Strengths Fills need for trustworthy leadership
Guidelines for individuals who want to be authentic leaders
Explicit moral dimension
Possible to develop authentic traits over time
Authentic Action Wheel
Two central questions
What is really, REALLY going on?
What are you going to do about it?
To answer those:
Locate the problem on the diagnostic wheel
Strategically select an appropriate response

6 categories: Resources, Structure, Power, Mission, Meaning, Existence.

Center: fulfillment Authentic Action Wheel Prescriptive model of leadership - "how to" Authentic leaders have 5 characteristics:
1) They understand their purpose
2) They have strong values about the right thing to do
3) They establish trusting relationships with others
4) They demonstrate self-discipline and act on their values
5) They are passionate about their mission Focuses on characteristics of leaders. Positive
Capacities Moral Reasoning Critical Life Events Self- Awareness Internalized
Moral Perspective
Balanced Processing Relational Transparency Authentic Leadership Criticisms Not fully substantiated
Not clear how values of justice and community relate to leading
Doubts about whether positive psychological attributes should be included
Relationship of authenticity to organizational abilities not specified Focuses on developed traits Self - Awareness: process of a leader understanding his/her own strengths and weaknesses. Identity. Internalized Moral Perspective: process of a leader self-regulating their behavior according moral standards/values Balanced Processing: self-regulating process of considering the opinions of others in decision-making Relational Transparency: self-regulating process or allowing followers to see the leaders true self Positive Psychological Capacities 4 Key Attributes Confidence: belief one can succeed
Hope: Positive motivational state
Optimism: Viewing situations in a positive light
Resilience: ability to recover/adapt to adverse situations Leadership according to what is "true" New theory, popular post 9/11 Broken down into: Practical and Theoretical what goes on within the leader what happens between leaders and followers what leaders learn over time Intrapersonal Interpersonal Developmental
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