Authentic Leadership
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Authentic Leadership

Clashes, Convergences and Coalescences

Edited by Donna Ladkin and Chellie Spiller

The majority of authentic leadership literature focuses on the individual leader. However, the authors in this volume expertly focus on the premise that leadership is a relational phenomenon and not something that can be distilled down to the actions of one leader, be they authentic or not.
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Chapter 13: Viewpoint: why authenticity is most critical in the virtual space

Ghislaine Caulat


The simple question ‘How can a virtual leader be authentic?’ might at first appear to be an oxymoron. However, my research indicates that for a virtual leader to be authentic and promote authenticity in his or her team is one of the most critical qualities – if not the most critical quality – for effective work in the virtual space. This chapter demonstrates this through the stories of people I’ve worked with and interviewed over the last ten years of studying leadership in the virtual space. I start by describing some of the key aspects of this space. For most people virtual working is associated with something that is not real and, for the vast majority of managers I have come across in organizations, personal contact can only equate to face-to-face contact. The interesting thing is, however, that the word ‘virtual’ is an old word, first appearing in the late fourteenth century and meaning ‘influencing by physical virtues or capabilities’, from virtualis and virtus, ‘excellence, potency, efficacy'.

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