Definition Of Authentic Leadership Theory

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Theoretical Framework
Authentic Leadership Theory
The theory of authentic leadership has continued to develop since 1966 (Gardner, Cogliser, Davis, & Dickens, 2011). This is a relative new leadership theory and there is no single accepted definition of authentic leadership (Northouse, 2010). Authentic leadership can be defined using three different perspectives to include intrapersonal, interpersonal, and developmental (Chan, 2005). These perspectives include looking at the authenticity of the leader, the relationship between the leader and the follower, as well as the impact of the leader on the follower. For purposes of this study “Authentic leadership” is defined as a pattern of leader behavior that draws upon and promotes both 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).
A surge of research began after Luthans and Avolio in 2003 conceptualized a new model that included positive organizational behavior, transformational/full-range leadership, and ethical perspective-taking (Gardner, et al., 2011). Luthans and Avolio (2003) utilized a pragmatic approach to identify two key elements that should be included when discussing the concept of an authentic leader, to include the authenticity of a leader and the
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