The Ethics of Authentic Leadership: A Heideggerian Perspective

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In the shadow of various business scandals and societal crises, practitioners take growing interest in authentic leadership (AL), and a stream of research developed on this basis. AL puts personal ethics centre stage and these constitute the basis from which to act, with the view to be both ethically responsible and successful in business. Critics of AL raise concerns about defining assumptions in AL, notably that leaders may access and leverage their ‘true selves’ and ‘core values’, and that this compound constitutes the grounds from which to lead and benefit others. Drawing on Heidegger, we argue that authenticity can ground a leadership ethics, yet not grounded in unwavering personal values but instead understood as a attunement to the unfounded openness of existence and to the relational dimension of ethics. We argue that when experiencing a rupture in their work life and facing anxiety, i.e., encountering the prospect of ‘leadership death’, leaders have an opportunity to reconsider who they want to be and how they want to act. We thus propose an existentialist ethics-as-practice approach where leaders relate to the situations at hand by practicing a being ‘attuned to attunement’ and cultivating an openness to otherness.
TitelProceedings of the Eighty-third Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
RedaktørerSonia Taneja
Antal sider1
UdgivelsesstedBriarcliff Manor, NY
ForlagAcademy of Management
StatusUdgivet - 2023
BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2023: Putting the Worker Front and Center - Boston, USA
Varighed: 4 aug. 20238 aug. 2023
Konferencens nummer: 83


KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2023
NavnAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings