Theorizing leadership authenticity: A Sartrean perspective

Lawler, J. and Ashman, Ian (2012) Theorizing leadership authenticity: A Sartrean perspective. Leadership, 8 (4). pp. 327-344. ISSN 1742-7150

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Authenticity, a growing area of interest in leadership studies, is an important concept within existentialist thinking. Currently it is largely untheorized. Here the concept is examined using Sartre’s work. Current literature implies authenticity as relating to an ‘inner’ or ‘true’ self which existentialist thinking rejects, opening the way for a different approach to theorizing authenticity. There is a need to consider context, and subjective and inter-subjective experience to understand and to practice authentic existential leadership.

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