The growing social, ethical and economic challenges facing today’s world have resulted in a calling for authentic leaders who foster trust, integrity and transparency. One strategy for developing authenticity in leaders is the construction and/or sharing of their life story, providing followers with insight into their authenticity. Through an online survey, this study explores how awareness of a leader’s life story impacts followers’ perception of their authenticity, as well as how authentic leadership impacts follower job satisfaction. An analysis of 162 survey responses reveals strong correlations between awareness of a leader’s life story and their perceived authenticity, as well as authentic leadership and follower job satisfaction. Stories of challenge are reported to be most revealing of a leader’s true self.
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