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ERIC Number: ED419292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 38
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The Key to Leadership Effectiveness--Leader Authenticity.
Henderson, James E.
When an education leader develops and maintains policies that line up with the imperatives of ethical and authentic behavior, this defines the character of both the leader and the organization. Some of the questions surrounding this assertion are examined in this paper. It looks at what it means when a leader behaves in an authentic fashion, how the concept of leader authenticity relates to ethical and effective leadership, and the impact that authenticity has on school administrators, teachers, and staff members. The idea of authenticity, what it is and its effectiveness in a leader, is explored, as is the troubling results brought about by inauthenticity. The paper examines an earlier study on the concept of authenticity in leaders and then provides an overview of authenticity-related literature. Discussed in conjunction with this research are studies on personality and leadership, research that has delved into the social-psychological aspects of leadership, attribution theory, and the role of interpersonal attraction. Also described is the definition of leader authenticity, recent studies on authenticity, how authenticity functions in teachers and leaders, and authenticity beyond the school environment. It is concluded that there is a strong link between ethical leadership and a leader's authenticity. (Contains 79 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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