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What is Authentic Experience

Handbook of Research on Individualism and Identity in the Globalized Digital Age
An experience that is emergent, unscripted, and unique, and when reflected upon serves as a learning tool for adults.
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The Lived Experiences of Authentic Leaders: A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Defining Experiences that Informed Their Development
Sandra J. Aguirre (George Washington University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0522-8.ch013
Globalization presents an array of challenges and opportunities for today's leaders. Recurring corporate and government malfeasance on a global scale as well as the morally complex environments of organizations are imposing more significant demands on organizational actors. Authentic leadership is an emerging leadership category that is gaining much interest due to the demand for more authentic leaders. Authentic leaders attain greater performance from their followers and this is considered a leadership multiplier that produces a virtuous cycle of performance and learning for leaders, followers, and organizations. This chapter discusses a completed study that addresses the following research question: How do experiences inform authentic leadership development across the 4 dimensions of the authentic leadership multidimensional construct of self-awareness, balanced processing, relational transparency, and internalized moral/ethical perspectives?
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Ecotourism Emergence in Tasmania Through Social Entrepreneurs and Authentic Leaders
engagement in activities that are perceived to be ‘real’ and ‘genuine’ by the tourist.
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