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    Using ethical leadership and authentic leadership:

    1. Present the major arguments of each theory;
    2. Compare their relative strengths and weaknesses, and
    3. Present your view regarding which of the theories you analyzed provides the better insight into understanding contemporary leadership behavior.

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    Ethical leadership is a hot topic in today's business leadership environments. Ethical leadership
    means always considering what is right, fair, and generally beneficial to business partners and all
    stakeholders. It means doing what is sometimes considered inconvenient, unpopular, and maybe
    unprofitable on a short term basis (Seidman, 2010). Authentic leadership is a term to describe integrity
    and an attitude of sincerity (Bernhardt, 2012). Authentic leadership is sometimes considered a
    foundation on which other leadership styles, such as transformational and charismatic leadership, are

    Like ethical leaders, authentic leaders are not always popular. However, they do tend to
    develop long term business partnerships and relationships. Sincerity and integrity help establish a sense
    of trust among business partners. Therefore, partners are likely to welcome future meetings and
    agreements with such leaders. They will always know where they stand with authentic leaders, even if
    both parties initially cannot reach an agreement.

    Self awareness is another characteristic Bernhardt (2012) identifies in an authentic leader. This
    means the leader is aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses. Such a leader either seeks to
    improve on weaknesses or searches for managers and co-leaders who possess the missing strengths.
    This does not mean the authentic leader necessarily relies heavily on others in the decision making
    process. However, the authentic leader does consider all options and outcomes in decision making and
    does seek advice when he or she knows more information or expertise is required.

    Unlike the authentic leader, the ethical leader ...

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