Paradoxes of authentic leadership: Leader identity struggles

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Abstract

Using in-depth interview material, this article explores the socially constructed and locally mediated nature of authentic leadership. The findings illustrate an irony of authentic leadership: while leaders claim that it is their true and natural selves that make them good leaders; simultaneously, they must restrain their claimed authenticity in order to be perceived as good leaders. This generates tensions that undermine the construction of a more stable and coherent leader identity. The study finds that in order to resolve these tensions, the managers develop metaphorical selves-Mother Teresa, messiah and coach-as a way of trying to accommodate conflicting identity claims while remaining true to the idea of themselves as authentic leaders exercising good leadership. These findings contribute to a constructed, situational and contested notion of leadership by showing how authenticity is an existential project of 'essentialising' fragmented and conflicting selves.

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Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)437-455
TidskriftLeadership
Volym10
Utgåva nummer4
StatusPublished - 2014
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa