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Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity: A Volume in the International Leadership Association Series, Building Leadership Bridges by John Eric Baugher, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Lena Lid-Falkman, Karin Jironet

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Chapter TenLeaders’ Lived Experience of Authentic Moments

Susan Skjei

What is a leader’s lived experience of authentic moments? What conditions or practices foster the experience of authentic moments both individually and collectively? If, in order to be authentic, leaders must be both true to themselves and willing to engage fully in relationships, how can they be genuine yet willing to enact some emotions and not others? These and other questions drew me to engage in a phenomenological study of authentic leadership.

Researchers currently define authentic leaders as those who know who they are and what they believe in; display transparency and consistency among their values, ethical reasoning, and actions; focus on developing positive psychological ...

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