The 3 core components of Authentic Leadership are: Interpersonal, authentic, strong relationships between leader and follower, Intrapersonal, the leaders self-regulation and Developmental, experiencing a dramatic event that brings forth the authentic leadership (PSU WC, L.12, 2017).
I subscribe to the idea that both the Interpersonal and Intrapersonal components of Authentic Leadership are key to actually being an authentic leader. The Intrapersonal component ties into emotional intelligence and the ability for the leader to manage his or her emotions and feelings especially as it relates to followers. It is important for followers to have a feeling that the leader has self-control as it is hard to imagine someone who cannot control their own emotions having control over a company situation. The Interpersonal component is also self explanatory, relationships are crucial to impacting people and influencing followers. Without interpersonal skills leadership is not as effective.
The assertion of the Developmental component, that Authentic Leadership can be acquired seems a bit further off, however, I can see how moments of emotional intensity can bring about Authentic Leadership qualities in a person after learning about George’s Authentic Leadership Approach. The Authentic Leadership Approach connects characteristics or behaviors and dimensions or traits (Northouse, 2016). The dimensions are: Purpose, Values, Relationships, Self-Discipline and Heart (PSU WC, L.12, 2017). The idea is that if one of these dimensions is absent or broken, it can be developed or worked on to bring the leader back into being an authentic leader (PSU WC, L.12, 2017).
As we are all human, it is expected that we will falter at some point and the fact that Authentic Leadership can be viewed as developmental is promising to those who aspire to reach this level of leadership.
The Pennsylvania State University World Campus. (2017). Lesson 12: Authentic Leadership. Retrieved from https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1848444/modules/items/22449244
Northouse, P.G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.