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Witnessing Authentic Leadership

Provide 2-3 examples of when you witnessed authentic leadership. What did the individuals you listed do that demonstrated authenticity and how does this compare to the findings of the journal article?

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A good starting point for this paper would be to define exactly what authentic leadership is; according to Kruse (2013) in an article for Forbes Magazine, he emphasized that most theorist agreed on the concept that authentic leaders:

- Are self-aware and genuine; self-actualized individuals who are aware of their strengths, their limitations, and their emotions. They also show their real selves to their followers. They do not act one way in private and another in public; they don't hide their mistakes or weaknesses out of fear of looking weak. They also realize that being self-actualized is an endless journey, never complete.
- Are mission driven and focused on results. They are able to put the mission and the goals of the organization ahead of their own self-interest. They do the job in pursuit of results, not for their own power, money or ego.
- Lead with their heart, not just their minds. They are not afraid to show their emotions, their vulnerability and to connect with their employees. This does not mean authentic leaders are "soft." In fact communicating in a direct manner is critical to successful outcomes, but it's done with empathy; directness without empathy is cruel.
- Focus on the long-term not in just beating quarterly estimates. Leaders realize that to nurture individuals and to nurture a company requires hard work and ...

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