NEED FOR CREATING AUTHENTICITY AT WORK: RE-VISIONING ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION
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In this study authors mainly emphasize the importance of the question of “Can authentic leaders transform organizations easier or more effectively when compared to other leaders?” As the fire and intensity of self-interest seem to burn all around us, we search, so often in vain, to find leaders we can have “faith” in. We all suspect that we are being duped as a reaction to the turbulent times we live in and a response to the public's widespread disenchantment with politicians and businesspeople (Goffee & Jones, 2005). We are not uncertain about our leaders’ talents, but about their trustworthiness. Due to this feeling of uncertainty; the authentic leaders who tend to exhibit confidence, hope, optimism, resiliency and a dedication to developing leadership capabilities in others come on the scene at organizations. Open or transparent about who they are, the authentic leaders are striving to link personal values to actions and individual values to organizational values (Shamir & Eilam, 2005). By this linkage, authentic leaders are expected to “transform” organizations into legitimate arena of moral striving and human fulfillment.
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