One Reply to “The Case Against Authentic Leadership: Five Ways to Fake It ‘Til You Are It”

  1. I appreciate the author’s take on “authenticity” as “just be yourself.” As someone deeply involved with the practice of Authentic Leadership in Action, “authentic” is about how I show up in challenging situations or relationships. How I show up influences the outcome. I think often about this quote from Bill O’Brien (quoted by P. Senge in The Fifth Discipline): “The primary determinant of the outcome of an intervention is the inner state of the intervenor” (p. 372 in the revised edition). This is why I’m part of the ALIA community of practice and why I work to design and promote programs to advance this view of leadership.

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