Is Donald Trump an authentic leader?

Psychologist Fiona Beddoes-Jones argues that there's more to authenticity than just doing or saying whatever you feel like.

by Adam Gale

We’re told to bring our whole selves to work, but is that always a good thing? Some personalities are problematic – a tendency for violence, for example, wouldn’t be welcome in the workplace – and doubly so in leadership positions.

In a recent LinkedIn post, psychologist and consultant Fiona Beddoes-Jones asked whether ‘being yourself’ is really the only qualification for authentic leadership, with reference to a couple of well-known politicians who are regularly hailed as authentic:

"There's a difference between authentic leadership (little a, little l), and Authentic Leadership (capital A, capital L).

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