Authentic Leadership

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5/25/2009 HR MGT BUSA5059 CONRAD VIEDGE BECOMING AN AUTHENTIC LEADER Individual Assignment Hand In | Joy Ruwodo [431519] Word count – 1807, Addendum - 755 Author: Joy Ruwodo Date: Monday, May 25, 2009 Table of Contents How to become an Authentic Leader .................................................................................................... 3 Introduction to Authentic Leadership................................................................................................. 3 Speaking the Truth .............................................................................................................................. 3 Matters of the Heart…show more content…
A poll taken by Time/CNN some years ago reported that 71% of those polled felt that the typical CEO was less honest and ethical than the average person. A young leader must behave in a manner that makes them worthy of trust, reliance and belief in order to be deemed authentic. The leader must also be of the highest integrity and committed to building enduring organisations. A deep sense of purpose must guide their actions and they must always be true to their core values (George 2007). Integrity, stewardship and sound governance are essential. Human Resources Management BUSA 5059 (J. Ruwodo) Authentic Leadership Page 3 Author: Joy Ruwodo Date: Monday, May 25, 2009 Lead from the heart It is crucial that all leaders understand that they cannot run a business or organization on their own. People within the organisation are largely responsible for making the organisational clock tick. Thus, leadership is about people. In order to be an authentic leader, a leader needs to be able to make a difference to the lives of the people he serves and in so doing, make a difference to the world. You must be more interested in empowering the people you lead to make a difference than in money, power or prestige for yourself. You must be guided by qualities of the heart, passion and compassion, as well as by qualities of the mind (George 2007). A trait associated to compassion that a leader must have is
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