Discovering an Authentic Leader

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The purpose of the study was to determine how people can become an authentic leader. Over the years, studies were conducted to establish the characteristics and personalities of an ideal leader. However, researchers failed to develop a clear idea of an authentic leader. In addition, in the past five years people had developed a deep distrust of leaders. Consequently, after people read Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value by Bill George, they wanted to know how they could become and remain authentic leaders. So, a research team was sent out to answer this question. As a result, researchers concluded that people life stories is what developed them into a great leader.
To begin with, “Discovering Your Authentic Leadership”, is a review article which covers the basis on how to become a leader. When conducting the research, researchers interviewed 125 leaders between the ages of 23 to 93. These leaders were chosen based on their reputation for authenticity and effectiveness as leaders, as well as recommendations from other leaders and academics. The groups included both men and women of different race, religion, ethnicity, and social backgrounds. In addition, these leaders varied from CEO’s, profit and nonprofit leaders, midcareer leaders, and young leaders just starting out. After, interviewing and analyzing researchers discovered that these people did not identify with the universal idea of what makes an authentic leader. On the other
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