Chapter EightReflection and Authentic Leadership

Deana M. Raffo

It is easy to say that authentic leaders should be self-aware and reflective, but what does this really mean? The literature discusses self-awareness in authentic leadership, concluding that one must be self-aware to be an authentic leader (Avolio & Gardner, 2005; Gardner, Avolio, Luthans, May, & Walumbwa, 2005; Sparrowe, 2005). However, my review of the authentic leadership literature revealed no definition of reflection in this context. I believe that people do not fully appreciate the scope of self-reflection, especially as it relates to authentic leadership development and its implications for being a mindful leader. Indeed, reflection is a more complex phenomenon than one ...

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