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The Authentic Leader

"The authentic leader is confident, hopeful, optimistic, resilient, transparent, moral/ethical future-oriented, and gives priority to developing associates into leaders themselves. The authentic leader does not try to coerce or even rationally persuade associates, but rather the leader's authentic values, beliefs, and behaviors serve to model the development of associates."(Luthans and Avolio, 2003, p. 243)

Defining Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is a process that draws from both positive psychological capacities and a highly developed organizational context, which results in both greater self-awareness and self-regulated positive behaviors on the part of leaders and associates, fostering positive self-development. (Luthans and Avolio, 2003, p. 243)

Authentic leadership is a pattern of leader behaviour that draws upon and promotes positive psychological capacities and a positive ethical climate, to foster greater self-awareness, an internalized moral perspective, balanced processing of information, and relational transparency on the part of leaders working with followers, fostering positive self-development. (Walumbwa et al., 2008, p. 94, as cited in Northouse, 2018, p. 203)


Luthans, F. & Avolio, B.J. (2003). Authentic leadership: a positive developmental approach. In K. S. Cameron, J. E. Dutton, R. E. Quinn (Eds.) Positive organizational scholarship: Foundations of a new discipline. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 241-258.

Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and practice (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 197-226.


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