The essence of leadership is authenticity; a leader must display consistent attitudes and actions. A true leader feels the necessity of being authentic in every area of life, even those that are private. Maintaining integrity and authenticity on every level is how a leader can keep the trust of others. Good leadership equals an effort to stay authentic in both the public and private spheres.
Smallegan, Victoria, "3rd Place Essay: Authenticity in Leadership" (2010). Reed Leadership Student Essay Contest Winners. 1.