What is authentic leadership?

Kevin Kruse summarizes different views on authentic leadership in his Forbes article from May 12, 2013. According to him, most theorists agree that authentic leaders:

  1. Are self-aware and genuine.
  2. Are mission driven and focused on results.
  3. Lead with their heart, not just their minds.
  4. Focus on the long-term.

Inspired by Petra Kuenkel (Mind & Heart) and Otto Scharmer (Theory U), I’d say authentic leadership is to lead from our heart and our deeper intention. You can be focused on results and the long-term without being authentic. Authentic leadership requires an open mind, open heart, and open will.


Published by Jan Höglund

Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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