Definition of Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is a leadership approach in which the leader acts in a real and authentic way to his peers and employees. According to George, authenticity is one of the core qualities of any leader. The leader develops open and honest relationships with his employees who take inspiration from the values and knowledge of the leader. The authentic leader develops an environment of openness and encourages his employees in the right direction.


Without authenticity, a leader will never appear to be what he is and act in a way that creates a fake perception about him. To be an authentic leader, a person must be aware of self-aware of his weakness and strengths.

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