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:
- Are self-aware and genuine.
- Are mission driven and focused on results.
- Lead with their heart, not just their minds.
- 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.