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The real deal: How to be an authentic leader

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 27 March 2020

Issue publication date: 14 January 2021



This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds his/her own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


What makes a good leader? There are few questions in management that have been looked at in so many different ways, and yet there seems to be little consensus as to what the answer is. Ask any leader or aspiring leader this question, and there will be as many different answers as there are being questioned. Some will favor the “team player” approach, that any leader is only as good as the team they assemble; others will suggest it is about fearlessness; some may even think it is related to a mystic ability to make the right decisions at the right time. One thing is for the sure – few people will agree on the same definition.

Practical implications

This paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2021), "The real deal: How to be an authentic leader", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 20-22.



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