The challenge of authentic leadership in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the relevance and necessity of leadership and authentic leadership roles in organisational change in the modern VUCA world. He argues that authentic leaders need to learn to adapt to the increasingly VUCA environment, asking: Can they? Do they? If so, how? Authentic leaders need to evaluate not just the metrics behind success or failure but also their leadership traits and behaviour during organisational change to determine whether adjustments may be warranted. Taran provides an inspiration list of categories for leadership and authentic leadership self-refection. He calls for in-depth case studies of authentic leadership in response to VUCA circumstances that could be largely descriptive producing a body of data against which new theories can be tested and refined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Authentic Leadership
EditorsRomeo V. Turcan, John E. Reilly, Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Yariv Taran, Andreea I. Bujac
Number of pages20
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date5 Oct 2023
Pages125-144
Chapter4
ISBN (Print)9781802620146
ISBN (Electronic)9781802620139, 9781802620153
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Authentic leadership
  • Change management
  • Uncertainty
  • Volatility
  • VUCA
  • Ambiguity
  • Complexity

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