Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is about self-actualization (Maslow,1962). Mastery of self requires overcoming self-sabotaging behavior that operates as a barrier to progress (Hultman and Gellerman, 2002). The process is developmental and personal and requires self-discipline and accountability (Northouse, 2013). Below is a primary example of an Authentic leader (255). While I do not agree with all of Dr. Carol Swain’s views, her approach is practical. Her leadership style is based on transparency and honesty. Her personal experiences validated against social science theory make her a statistical phenomena. Dr. Swain's adaptability and resilience are what make her an "authentic" leader.