Warning for excessive positivity: Authentic leadership and other traps in leadership studies

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Abstract

We study authentic leadership as a prominent but problematic example of positive leadership that we use as a more general “warning” against the current fashion of excessive positivity in leadership studies. Without trying to cover “everything”, we critically examine the principal tenets of mainstream authentic leadership theory and reveal a number of fundamental flaws: shaky philosophical and theoretical foundations, tautological reasoning, weak empirical studies, nonsensical measurement tools, unsupported knowledge claims and a generally simplistic and out of date view of corporate life. Even though our study focuses on authentic leadership, much of our criticism is also applicable to other popular positive leadership theories, such as transformational, servant, ethical and spiritual leadership.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Hanken School of Economics
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Företagsekonomi
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)383-395
TidskriftLeadership Quarterly
Volym30
Utgivningsnummer4
Tidigt onlinedatum2019 apr 28
StatusPublished - 2019
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa