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Discuss as part of the Authentic Leader Interview Assignment

Discuss as part of the Authentic Leader Interview Assignment, which is based on this workshop's required reading in Harvard Business Review: Discovering Your Authentic Leadership. Interview three (3) leaders, with at least one of those leaders being from an organization or institution other than the student's own workplace. The questions for the leader interview have been adopted from the HBR article and include the following:

a. Which people and experiences in your early life had the greatest impact on you?

b. What tools do you use to become self-aware?

c. How would you describe your authentic self?

d. What are your most deeply held values? How do your values inform your actions, possibly providing an example?

e. What motivates you extrinsically and intrinsically? How do you balance extrinsic and intrinsic motivation in your life?

f. What kind of support team do you have?

g. What does being authentic mean in your life? Have you ever paid a price for your authenticity as a leader?

h. What steps have you taken to develop your authentic leadership? (George et al., 2007, p. 134)

Summarize the authentic leader interview findings, the resulting leadership principles, identified, and insight regarding discovery of personal authentic leadership.

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I am a leader in the business world, and will answer the questions from my perspective, as the Chief Operating Officer of a very large public accounting firm.

a. Which people and experiences in your early life had the greatest impact on you?

-- The people that had the greatest impact in my early life were my mother, and my teachers. My mother was a hard worker, and was always very dedicated in any activity that she was doing, no matter what or where it was. She always taught my sister and I the value of hard work and persistence. She routinely encouraged us to step apart from the crowd, and to use common sense. Throughout school, my teachers also had a great impact on me. They combined their teachings with examples and stories from the real world. My teachers throughout grade school showed me the kind of person that I someday wanted to grow up to be, and the kind of legacy that I want to leave for myself in this world.

b. What tools do you use to become self-aware?

-- The most important tool that I use for self-awareness is reflective thinking. When I use this tool, I write down a question that I haven't yet explored that deals with my life and who I am. I then continue the exercise by thinking creatively and freely, and letting my ideas and thoughts regarding my question flow onto my paper. I also use what many leaders call a "Brag Book." It is a collection in journal form of all of my major accomplishments that I have achieved. Many leaders limit this book to what they have accomplished in their professional career, although I include all major accomplishments in mine, from my academic, personal, and professional life. By using tools such as these, it allows me to gain a greater understanding of my self-awareness. I also find by ...

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Discuss as part of the Authentic Leader Interview Assignment, which is based on this workshop's required reading in Harvard Business Review: Discovering Your Authentic Leadership. Interview three (3) leaders, with at least one of those leaders being from an organization or institution other than the student's own workplace. The questions for the leader interview have been adopted from the HBR article and include the following:

a. Which people and experiences in your early life had the greatest impact on you?

b. What tools do you use to become self-aware?

c. How would you describe your authentic self?

d. What are your most deeply held values? How do your values inform your actions, possibly providing an example?

e. What motivates you extrinsically and intrinsically? How do you balance extrinsic and intrinsic motivation in your life?

f. What kind of support team do you have?

g. What does being authentic mean in your life? Have you ever paid a price for your authenticity as a leader?

h. What steps have you taken to develop your authentic leadership? (George et al., 2007, p. 134)

Summarize the authentic leader interview findings, the resulting leadership principles, identified, and insight regarding discovery of personal authentic leadership.

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