Authentic leadership is defined by learning from experience through courageous self-exploration. It shuns denial, it aggressively seeks feedback and has more to do with who you are than you who imitate especially in this era of “leadership as a cult of personality” according to Bill George. The former Medtronic CEO and author of Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value offers a model that underscores the importance of relationships, values, self-discipline, purpose and leading from the heart.
Michaëlle Jean displays her humanity through her foundation and her tireless work for Haiti and more. Who can forget the attention she garnered for the people of Canada’s North when she ate raw seal’s heart on her first day in the arctic as governor general. True to herself and her values, that event exemplified an authentic leader letting go of how you need to appear and behave. Through her actions, she spoke her truth while likely knowing some would much rather she wouldn’t. via – CBC News