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Authentic leadership: development of a new three pillar model

Fiona Beddoes-Jones (The Cognitive Fitness Consultancy, Stainby, UK)
Stephen Swailes (The Business School, University of Huddersfield, UK)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 8 June 2015




This paper aims to summarise a new model of authentic leadership derived from research with senior leaders in the UK.


The model was developed and tested using three independent samples: 140 business leaders, 54 senior military officers with 390 independent raters and 303 business leaders.


A 15-item, self-report, three-component measure of authentic leadership was obtained from testing across samples. The three components measure an individual’s capacity for self-awareness, self-regulation and ethical behaviour.


The paper contributes to the authentic leadership literature through the creation of a short authentic leadership scale that could be used in leadership research and which simplifies and unifies previous conceptualisations of authentic leadership. The three-pillar model offers guidance to HR practitioners looking to design leadership development interventions.



Beddoes-Jones, F. and Swailes, S. (2015), "Authentic leadership: development of a new three pillar model", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 94-99.



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