Leadership

Leadership And Authenticity: A Sartrean Critique

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Executive Summary

Currently 'Authentic Leadership' is attracting increasing attention. Authenticity is an important concept within existentialist thinking and a Sartrean critique of authentic leadership is offered here. The authors examine interpretations of authenticity and its conflation with concepts such as morality and ethical behaviour. Current literature implies authenticity as relating to an 'Inner' or 'True' self. Existentialist thinking rejects this notion and focuses on being in the world. This approach regards authenticity as both a difficult concept and as describing a process of choosing, becoming and personal responsibility rather than reflecting an arbitrary aspect of character.

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