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Effective Executive Magazine:
What Is Authentic Leadership? Answering the Eight Leadership Questions
 
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Leadership skills are critical in every kind of business as well as, generally speaking, in life. But what does this mean for leaders exactly? Will investing in more seminars and workshops be enough for individuals and corporations to develop their leaders? Eight leadership questions exist pertaining to good leadership, and these questions refer to leadership on scales as great as war heroes or famous politicians; anyone, in fact, can be a leader. This paper examines the personal reflections of various MBA students with mixed personal and professional backgrounds as well as varying degrees of formal and informal leadership experiences. Using these reflections, the argument that anyone, in fact, can be a leader if they wish to be, is made. One of the most important qualities of a good leader, however, is authenticity, and this is addressed through many examples throughout the paper.

   
Leadership skills are critical in every kind of business as well as, generally speaking, in life. But what does this mean for leaders exactly? Will investing in more seminars and workshops be enough for individuals and corporations to develop their leaders? Jones and Goslingís Nelsonís Way (2005) explores eight leadership questions from the perspective of the legendary Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, and these questions refer to leadership on a scale. Anyone, in fact, can be a leader if they wish to be. One of the most important qualities of a good leader, however, is authenticity.