Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.4 Authentic Leadership: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • When I think of an authentic leader I think of someone who is genuine and real. The lecture discussed four authentic leadership principles: thought process, inner drive, emotional intelligence and core values. All of these values give the leader a sense of purpose and vision and enables them to achieve long term goals. All of these principles require discipline to stay on course and do the right thing, even when things get hard. When working for an authentic leader, employees tend to work harder, are more motivated and feel that they are understood and cared for. Authentic leaders will have better relationships with their subordinates and are more likely to gain their trust and create more positive working environments.

  • As a leader, it is essential to possess authentic leadership qualities to gain the trust and respect of your team. Authentic leadership involves being true to oneself, clearly understanding one’s values, and leading by example.

    Insight is a key component of authentic leadership. Leaders must have a deep understanding of their team and their organization in order to make sound decisions. They must also be able to anticipate potential issues and opportunities.

    The initiative is another vital quality of authentic leadership. Leaders must proactively identify and address problems before they become more significant. They must also be willing to take risks and try new approaches to improve the organization.

    Influence is a critical aspect of authentic leadership. A leader must be able to inspire and motivate their team to achieve their goals. This involves effective communication and listening skills and the ability to provide constructive feedback.

    The impact is another vital quality of authentic leadership. Leaders must be able to make a positive impact on their team and the organization as a whole. This involves setting clear goals, measuring progress, and making necessary adjustments to ensure success.

    Finally, integrity is a cornerstone of authentic leadership. Leaders must be honest, ethical, and transparent in their actions and decisions. They must also hold themselves and their team accountable for their actions.

    Authentic leadership is essential for creating a positive and productive work environment. By embodying these qualities, leaders can build trust, inspire their team, and drive success.

    Norman, A. (2017). Authentic leadership. 3.4, Week # 10. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses

  • I thought the 4 authentic leadership principles (thought process, emotional intelligence, inner drive, and deep core values) were a fantastic summary. Thought process was more focused interpersonal reflection on things like self-knowledge, self-concept, self-efficacy, self-congruence, and self-regulation. Emotional intelligence we’ve already discussed a lot, but it vitally important to building positive relationship with followers as well as leaders. Inner drive is having the motivation, commitment, passion to reach for our mission and successfully accomplish our goals. And having deep core values is critical for all public safety employees. Embodying all of these principles in our journey as leaders will help us gain trust, respect, credibility, and ultimately success in our positions.

    • I completely agree with your thoughts on authentic leadership principles. The four principles you mentioned – the thought process, emotional intelligence, inner drive, and deep core values – are crucial for leaders to develop and embody. It’s impressive that you’ve highlighted self-reflection, self-knowledge, and self-regulation as essential components of the thought process. Also, as you said, emotional intelligence is vital for building positive relationships with followers. Inner drive and deep core values are equally important as they keep us motivated and committed to accomplishing our goals while staying true to our values. Overall, leaders who embody these principles can gain trust, respect, and credibility and ultimately succeed.

    • I also enjoyed reading about these principles and agree that all of these principles in practice can help achieve success in leadership. Of these four principles, recently we have been discussing strong values. To me someone who has strong values knows who they are and they aren’t willing to compromise on those values to get ahead. This takes a lot of self-discipline, but also creates consistency for the team. When people know what your values are they know what to expect from you and in turn what you expect from them.

  • It was interesting to learn about the three different viewpoints of authentic leadership. It shows that there is not just way to become an authentic leader. Intrapersonal covers what is within the leader and what they know about themselves. This is very important in leadership, for the individual to know their strengths and weakness. Developmental allows the leader to build on their traits. Which is essential as a leader grows in their position and within their department. Then there is interpersonal; this is imperative for an authentic leader. They have to have the ability to have a relationship with their members. This is how they build a productive team.
    Norman, A. (2017). Authentic leadership. 3.4, Week # 10. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses

    • While I think this can be viewed as 3 different approaches, but I’m of the belief that utilizing all three branches will yield the best results as a leader. I think we constantly need to be focused on self-reflection/awareness (interpersonal), our relationships with others and our influence on them (interpersonal), and staying up to date on current technology, law changes, and new tactics (developmental). To be fully effective, we need all three to be successful.

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