An authentic leader appeals to the “not negotiable” or core values of the group

An authentic leader not only wields influence, but appeals to the not negotiable or core values of the follower. They inspire followers to achievement by engaging shared values and by fulfilling the higher order needs of the group. An authentic leader rises above the ordinary self-interest and through hard work; the group eventually comes to share the leader’s goals and values, transcending their individual self-interest in the process.

Authentic leaders help clearly articulate a set of values for the whole organisation or team. They constantly reflect on the values to ensure they are appropriate to achieving the desired goals. They exemplify or symbolise the values with their own actions. They persuade others to relate the values to their decisions and actions. They uncompromisingly confront and manage pockets of lack of knowledge and opposition.
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