Command and Staff Program

ACE Track

Leadership in Practice: Authentic Leadership

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Dr. Mitch Javidi
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  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 
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    Monte Potier

    I believe that the 5 qualities of an authentic leader (insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity) are needed to be a true "authentic leader. All of the qualities are needed so subordinates will follow the leader and truly trust that he has both the employees and the organization well-being in mind.

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      Frank Acuna

      Monte, I believe a good leader will have a good mix of all five qualities and those who do will be most effective. I also believe the most important quality is integrity. A leader with strong integrity will promote good and moral actions and model strong leadership behavior.

      Frank

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        Jarod Primicerio

        Agree Frank. I have worked with and for many leaders who possess all or some of these qualities and those who don't have integrity, fall short every time. Once that is spotlighted from subordinates, they are no longer a leader.

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        Lt. Richard Paul Oubre

        Frank, you are correct, on the mix of the five qualities to be an authentic leader. The most important is integrity.

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        Ryan Manguson

        I agree. Integrity is the most important quality that a leader can have. A good mix of all five is important but without strong integrity you will not maintain the trust of those who follow.

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      ereeves@cityofwetumpka.com

      Absolutely. If they get any idea you are doing something with your own interest in mind, you may never regain their respect.

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    Kyle Turner

    Two points stood out to me during this module. 1. The measure of a leader is how much impact they had on those around them. And 2. Integrity determines the quality of impact a leader has. With integrity being the foundation of a leader's impact, I see more need to focus on this aspect of leadership and use their integrity and values as a lens to make all decisions. I realize that some decisions are in the gray and not immediately recognizable as in line with or opposed to one's values. In these situations its important to spend time to think through them thoroughly, seek feedback from others with high integrity, then make the decision. This also points out how important it is as a leader to surround yourself with others who have high levels of integrity.

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      I also really agree with the statement of "the measure of a leader is how much impact they had on those around them." I really feel that you can't be a good leader if you don't have the respect of at least the majority of the people that you lead. If you positively impact and influence them, you will most likely gain their respect. That shows that you are a good leader in more than one way and that they look up to you and want to follow the example that you set.

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    Frank Acuna

    Authentic Leadership is very personal. In order to be an Authentic Leader, you must have the drive to impact the lives of those in your organization and do so for the right reasons. The theory of Authentic Leadership involves a well-rounded leader who is insightful, has initiative and influence, is impactful and most importantly possesses strong integrity. When striving to be an Authentic Leader, you must promote openness, enthusiastically seek to help and mentor your subordinates and improve individual and team performance.

    Frank

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      Monte Potier

      I strongly agree with your comment about Authentic Leadership in improve team performance. With officers that respect their leader they are motivated.

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      Nancy Franklin

      Frank, I agree that authentic leadership is personal and is gained through the impact you have on others. It is important to develop others around you and be an example of genuineness and authenticity.

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      Sergeant Chad Blanchette

      Agreed. And I believe an authentic leader is not in it for themselves. They are part of something great and want to continue that legacy.

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    Brian Johnson

    This module explains how leadership is about positive influence and the impact that we have on people. The foundation of leadership starts with honesty and trust. You can't be an Authentic leader without integrity. When you evaluate all five virtues of an Authentic Leader, you quickly realize that this is a life-long process of learning, developing. growing, which was discussed in one of the segments. One of my mentors always talks about integrity being a perishable skill, that it's easy for officers to make small mistakes, and when not held accountable, mistakes become bigger. Over time, they cross over into negative behavior that often leads to discipline. Authentic Leaders realize that accountability is often uncomfortable, but is required if we are going to be respected leaders. Open discussions about mission, vision, and core values is a simple why to reinforces our standards and how to model professional behavior.

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      Chris Corbin

      Brian, I couldn't agree more that integrity, along with many other virtues, are perishable skills. I have seen organizations grow and improve on their professionalism and their culture by dedicating themselves to improving in these skills, and have also seen organizations deteriorate when they lack such a commitment. Clearly, authentic leadership can only have been present in one of these types of scenarios.

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      Dan Wolff

      Brian Johnson,
      Enjoyed your discussion post on authentic leadership and I believe your mentor has a great point of integrity being a perishable skill. Having all the marks of a authentic leader of insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity, however, as you said, becoming an authentic leader is a development over time. As the process stated in this module it’s a thought process, emotional intelligence, inner drive and deepest core values. Enjoyed your post
      Dan

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      Drauzin Kinler

      Brian, I agree integrity is the foundation of the authentic leader. Without a solid foundation, the remaining virtues will eventually collapse.

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      clouatre_kj@jpso.com

      I agree that integrity is the most important component of being an authentic leader. I like the idea of integrity being a perishable skill. It is something you have to work 100% on each and every day.

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      Lt. Mark Lyons

      I agree. Authentic leadership is a life-long process where individual traits will need to be learned and developed over time and based on life experiences.

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    Chris Corbin

    While all five of the qualities of an authentic leader are important, I believe that integrity is the most vital. I also believe that this is especially true in the law enforcement profession, as we have been tasked, and trusted, with enforcing the laws of our nation, which is inextricably linked by those that we serve with choosing right from wrong and always doing the right thing. Just as people will not follow a leader whom they do not respect, our citizenry will not grant us the authority required for success in our role as law enforcement professionals if we do not prove ourselves virtuous and therefore deserving of that authority.

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    Jarod Primicerio

    This module highlighted the five qualities of an authentic leader. While they are all crucially important to be successful, integrity always stands in the forefront. I really think Dr. Normore's emphasis on Adolf Hitler and his qualities of insight, initiative, influence, and impact were to the point. None of these matter if you don't have integrity.

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    Dan Wolff

    This module about being an authentic leader has missed the mark of a few that I have seen while I was in the military. As I heard the definition, “acting in accordance with one’s values, preference, and needs as opposed to acting merely to please people or to obtain a reward or avoiding punishment by acting falsely”, it brought to mind of a couple people I served with. These individuals seem to go out of their way just to please upper management or knew what “blocks” they had to fill to be eligible for a reward. You could definitely see what their agenda was and they were the first to take glory and the first to point blame. Being authentic is just the opposite of what they did and much more. Interpersonal, development, and intrapersonal are great view points on how it’s developed with the characteristics of a leader of truth, honesty and integrity.

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      Joey Prevost

      Its obvious that such individuals were only out for themselves. They may have had some of the qualities of leadership, but lacked the most important one, Integrity.

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    Joey Prevost

    An leader must have all five of the qualities in order to be authentic. I liked how the lecture referenced some of the most notorious leaders in modern history that were known for their atrocities against mankind. Each had Insight, Initiative, Influence and Impact. All lacked integrity to bring it all together and make them authentic.

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      Jason Porter

      They had everything but integrity, I wonder if they thought they had integrity? That would be the true question. In their mind maybe they felt they were doing right. As we all know, they weren't.

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      Chasity Arwood

      Joey, i completely agree with you. A true leaders must possess all five qualities in order to be authentic.

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    Jason Porter

    Authentic leadership I feel is the basis for everything you do in life. Being authentic should be the way you live your personal and professional life. Without the qualities mentioned in the module, where would you be? If you had no insight, no initiative, no influence, no impact and especially no integrity what would you do in life? You would probably have no job, no family, and basically no life. I don't know many people that don't have some or all of these traits.

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    Mike Brown

    Being authentic should be the way you live your personal and professional life and it should rub off on how much impact you as a leader have on those around you. Dr. Normore's emphasis on Adolf Hitler stated that he had all of the qualities needed except integrity. When you evaluate all five virtues of an Authentic Leader, you quickly realize that this is something that you have to live and practice.

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      Lance Leblanc

      Mike, I agree to be an authentic leader, you must have the same values on-duty and off-duty. Integrity is one of the most important attributes an officer must-have.

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      Laurie Mecum

      I agree Mike...these qualities should be something that a person has at home as well as the workplace. Integrity and values should not be left at the doorstep when walking into work or out of your house. They need to be brought everywhere you go.

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    Nancy Franklin

    Authentic leadership is critically important in today's society, especially in the field of law enforcement. The public demands trustworthy leadership and it is our job in this profession of service to the community to work to meet the needs of those we serve. We accomplish this by displaying the characteristics and embodying the actions of true authenticity. The five marks of authentic leadership identified in this lecture: insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity are all very important in gaining a followership and promoting the good ethical values that will create a legacy of leadership through succession planning.

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    Drauzin Kinler

    Authentic leaders are the extraordinary leaders that have the ability to promote openness by building trusting, enthusiastic relationships with their subordinates. In developing these relationships, the organization benefits from the performance aspect of its followers. In all the examples that were noted, this is the style of leadership that many should strive to become. I think that with the millennial generation soon outnumbering the other generations in the workforce, this leadership style will need to be prevalent in order for organizations to accomplish their goals.

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      Clint Patterson

      Drauzin, I agree that authentic leadership will be more effective on the millennial generation. The millennials are known for being close to their parents and have issues with corporate environments, which is why I believe they will respond better to an authentic leadership style. The feeling of being in a strong relationship with their leader will give them a sense of belonging in the agency and lessen their concerns.

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    Lance Leblanc

    This video lecture about authentic leadership is something that I find important in law enforcement. Part of authentic leadership is acting with one's values. In law enforcement, there is a need for authentic leaders so employees can trust the leadership. Employees want honest good leaders,

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      Judith Estorge

      Lance, I agree officers want to know their leaders have integrity and will lead by example. The saying, "do as I say, not as I do" has been too often the mantra within our agency.

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    Chasity Arwood

    A leader must possess all five qualities in order to be an authentic leader. Both the employees of the department and the community need a trustworthy leader who will always do the right thing.

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      Henry Dominguez

      I agree all 5 are needed to be authentic but also genuine because both the employees and community will recognize when your fake. When you are genuine it shows your passion.

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    Brian Lewis

    For me it is quite simple; if you are not authentic, you will not be trusted by your subordinates. I've seen it way too often where a leader is trying to please everyone instead of standing up for their own values. The subordinates can see this as well. This is why this type of leader is not asked for their insight during complex situations.

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      David Cupit

      I agree with you Brian. It's easier on the leader to avoid conflict and harder when they stick to their beliefs and values.

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      Samantha Reps

      I agree, being an authentic leader is vital in your organization. Staff pay attention more than we realize.

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    David Cupit

    The best leaders embody the five qualities that we learned about today. Insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity are needed to be a true authentic leader. People long for a leader who is honest, good and stands up for their beliefs and values..

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    Judith Estorge

    I found the reference to Hitler and Stalin as leaders interesting. It is essential to have all 5 qualities listed: insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity to be a true Authentic Leader.

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      Donnie

      I thought this was an interesting comparison as well. To see that each one Dr. Normore named met 4 out of 5 of those qualities leads one to realize that all are required to be authentic. It put leadership and great leadership in perspective. It made me think some leaders authenticity can be evil and only self-promoting.

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    Laurie Mecum

    I think the reference to Hitler proves that if a leader does not have integrity they are not an authentic leader. This is definitely the type of leader everyone should strive to be, especially in law enforcement. Its about being honest, ethical and acting on your own values.

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    Clint Patterson

    Being an authentic leader is being real. Many times people in leadership roles do not establish a trusting relationship with others they supervise. They may be in a position of authority or higher rank, and that is all they use to lead a division or department. The ability to be real and authentic by developing strong relationships with your subordinates and listening well to them, I think it will gain more significant followers. If we want to be more effective leaders, then we should remain genuine, don’t change who you are, and always be known as the leaders who “walk their talk.”

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      Roanne Sampson

      This lesson was very enlightening. This should be taught early on in a officer's career. We must be true to ourselves and be real,

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    Amanda Pertuis

    Influence - Real leaders are contagious. I really like this and agree. I see how some of my Shift Managers are able to "infect" their people to do more. Unfortunately, I also think negative leaders are able to "infect" also.

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      David Ehrmann

      Very true. Authentic leaders will bring out the good in their people. They are the type of leaders that people want to work for. As you said, bad leaders who “infect” people with their poor leadership can cause a team or division to be in disarray.

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      Christian Johnson

      I agree completely, Amanda.

      I too have seen people infected with positive and negative feelings and behaviors.

      It is our duty to teach the next generation to strive for better.

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      Rocco Dominic, III

      So very true, Just as a good leader can infect their people a negative leader can ruin it. As leaders we must strive to lead by example with integrity.

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      Lieutenant John Champagne

      I agree and feel that the cynical leaders infect the most because it's the most noticeable and make the biggest waves.

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    Roanne Sampson

    I learned that an authentic leaders are honest, good and have a high level of integrity. There are three viewpoints (interpersonal, developmental and interpersonal). Authentic leaders understand purpose, have strong values, establish trusting relationships, demonstrate self-discipline, are passionate about their mission, build strong relationships, and motivate. The principles of authentic leadership deals with the thought process, emotional intelligence, inner drive and deepest core values. Authentic leaders must have insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity. Authentic leaders are "deliberate and intentional."

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    David Ehrmann

    All leaders should strive to be authentic. Authentic leaders will gain more respect from their followers. Within an agency, we can identify who the authentic leaders are. They are the ones who lead by example. They demonstrate high integrity, have positive values and are consistent in their actions. With the generational differences in law enforcement, today and the negative stigma law enforcement officers have to deal with daily, it is essential to have authentic leadership to help guide the organization to prepare them for what is next to come.

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      Lance Landry

      Agree with you whole-heartedly David, the perception of law enforcement has changed in the last 5 years. Never has it been more important for us to have Authentic Leaders.

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    Christian Johnson

    I would like to give this lesson to every new Deputy that joins my Agency.

    Authentic Leadership is inspiring. Based on insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity, it is leading by example and truly caring about others.

    Being an authentic leader leads to a truly trusting relationship with your personnel. Once that is achieved, the sky is the limit.

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    Rocco Dominic, III

    Authentic leaders provide their follower with insight, while showing how initiative can benefit each other, An authentic leader also influences their people by making real and lasting change. This is achieved through integrity. Leaders are to be deliberate and intentional if they are to be successful.

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    Royce Starring

    Authentic leader must possess the five qualities of insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity to be an effective leader. They all have equal value but in my opinion integrity is slightly above the rest.

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    Donnie

    I believe in the five marks of an authentic leader (insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity). For me, the greatest of these are initiative and integrity. Any person with any ounce of initiative can accomplish great things. When I was in the military I would encourage my soldiers who completed tasks before the “close of business” to continue their training with basic skills testing and knowledge. I would prompt them to study the things that would be useful for us in combat. I would tell them that anybody could lead that type of “hip pocket” training. I also believed that as a leader that I should lead by example. I would try to lead righteously but not be self-righteous. I would promote good ethical behavior and expect the same of them.

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    Lance Landry

    An Authentic Leader is one that truly knows him/her self. They possess the emotional intelligence to build positive relations with their subordinates with open communication. Their inner drive is strengthened through “real world experiences” which is shared with employees, and they develop deep core values such as moral perspective, strong ethics, and self-disclosure. When a leader has insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity, they have truly become an Authentic Leader.

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    McKinney

    I enjoyed the video presentation. There was a significant amount of information that spoke on an authentic leader. I have found in this profession of law enforcement that must leaders are real/genuine, and they stand firm in their integrity, whether it is on the job and or off. I agree with Dr. Normore that the foundation of the five mentioned virtues starts with integrity. I believe integrity is the most respected asset that a person possesses.

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      Burke

      I agree that your being authentic starts at integrity. I will say that I think it is no greater than the other virtues. Integrity by itself can not hold up an authentic leader.

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      jbanet@bossiersheriff.com

      Mckinney,
      I completely agree with you that Integrity should be the most respected asset a person can possesses. Being authentic starts with and ends with integrity. No matter how you look at it, you must be true to yourself, true to others and do the right thing no matter what. I too agree with Dr. Normore that integrity is the foundation of authenticity, especially in a leader. The examples of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were spot on. They were both leaders and had the 4 other qualities, but they had no integrity.
      Thanks for sharing your discussion.

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        cbeaman@ascensionsheriff.com

        Integrity is the key to authentic leadership. When a leader has integrity it allows others to trust that person. A leader must also have more than just integrity to be an effective leader.

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      Major Stacy Fortenberry

      I agree that integrity is the cornerstone. I also think that to romaine trusted and relevant the leader will need all virtues. without all of them they wil eventually fail to be a true authentic leader and reach their full potential.

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      I agree that integrity is a key asset. The "fake" leaders are easy to spot and while some may skyrocket up, they quickly burn out and fall back to Earth. It is always best to be who you are than pretend to be something you are not.

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        mtroscla@tulane.edu

        Sadly, some fake leaders are very charismatic and can slip higher and higher in an organization based upon that.

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      This video does reinforce the need for positive focused leaders in the current state of public safety today. It is important to be a positive beacon for younger personnel and others seeking motivation and influence. It is essential to provide what our agency needs to provided with authentic leadership during more focused times.

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    Burke

    This was an important module for me. Being authentic plays a big role in my leadership. Without it, you are just supervising a bunch of people. Being authentic, inspires your people to authentic as well. It comes down to what type of leader and what type of outcome do you want in life. Do you want to see you agency excel into the new area, or do you want to just get by and not make waves?

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    jbanet@bossiersheriff.com

    As a leader I always strive to be authentic in every aspect of my life. Being authentic allows me to be more interpersonal with my colleagues and others who work around me. I want people to know I am authentic and I have deep core values. I want to lead by example and inspire my team to do the same. As Dr. Normore pointed out, Authentic Leadership is reciprocal and is a process of that is created by the leader and the followers.

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    Lieutenant John Champagne

    Integrity is a foundation on which leadership is built and must be the same on and off the job. Officers can quickly identify that authentic leader who demonstrates integrity. These leaders influence their subordinates to do the right thing and are the ones who will guide the agency in the years to come

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    Major Stacy Fortenberry

    It was a small part of this module but one that is important. Bill Georges short video Innerwork touched on how to keep yourself on track. One of his points was to have a trusted group of advisers who you can share your thoughts and they will give you honest feedback. We have a small group that started around the same time and have grown together. We keep each other real by heart felt honest advise and some times critics. Its not always pleasant but the frank discussions are invaluable.

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      michael-beck@lpso.net

      I completely agree with your point on having a trusted group of advisors to help you grow. I am lucky in the fact that my wife is a mental health professional and a police officer. She is my constant sounding board. If you ask her, she'd tell you how different I now am in comparison to when we first got married. She's my harshest critic and my biggest supporter.

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    Authentic Leadership is very much a core for trust and confidence. I have seen where others pretend to be something they are not and eventually the pretense is lost. When those who follow them see them for what they are all their leadership influence is lost. I believe that a big part of finding the right leadership style is knowing what leader type of leader you are. When looking at natural leaders their power comes from being themselves. The reason they have such conviction and stay true to their mission and values is because they are simply being themselves. The four principles of thought process, emotional intelligence, inner drive, and deepest core values are often seen by all because the leader is simply being true to who they are. While imitation may be the highest form of flattery, authenticity is the truest form of leadership.

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    mtroscla@tulane.edu

    Developing authentic leadership is critical because the buy in and loyalty from subordinates will never develop if they do not see that you are fully committed to your position and the department.

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      chasity.sanford@stjohnsheriff.org

      I do agree as well, I feel that having those five qualities all coincide together in order to make you a authentic leader. Knowing that you have each and every quality will show your organization a whole new way of leading.

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    cbeaman@ascensionsheriff.com

    Authentic leaders demonstrate high integrity. It does not take people long to figure out the authentic leaders in their departments. As the module taught us, authentic leaders demonstrate high integrity. They also create a level of trust for others to follow. Coming up through the ranks I trusted our top leaders. I felt like they were honorable men/women and did the right things for the right reasons. I also feel we have a tight group of authentic leaders in our department today. I feel like we are passing on to our subordinates what was taught to us.

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      guttuso_fa@jpso.com

      I agree that it doesn't take long for someone to show their true colors and for us to know who the true authentic leaders are and which one to stay away from if at all possible.

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    michael-beck@lpso.net

    In reviewing this module my thought process about leadership follows the 3 View Points of Authentic Leaders – Intrapersonal, Developmental, and Interpersonal. It hit home with me when Dr. Normore stated that learning to be a leader, in general, is a life-long process. The more I think about myself and my time in leadership roles, I see how much it is that I have changed. Some of the values I held at 22 are not within the same order or context almost 20 years later. While my core values may not have changed as much, constant learning and life experiences have changed my priorities which added values I did not develop before. Constant and trusted feedback from people I hold dear has helped me to grow as a person and a leader. Life opens your eyes to bigger and bigger pictures and as your priorities change and so do you.

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      dpertuis@stcharlessheriff.org

      Well said, I agree that 20 years later, the order may change, but the core values remain the same.

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    chasity.sanford@stjohnsheriff.org

    In the learning area 3, module 3, I've learned that authentic embodies what is real and embraces fear while living toward a shared future. Authentic leaders are positive people. Which a famous quote always teaches us to "know thy self".

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    Henry Dominguez

    I think you need all five qualities because in one way or another they support each other. I also believe like the lecture says in its a life long process of learning to be an authentic leader. Authentic Leaders are genuine with a desire to lead others and to know thy self. You have the opportunity to build hope and trust.

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    guttuso_fa@jpso.com

    I think we all have worked for a bad supervisor who was not very honest and good. I know from first hand experience that it truly does make a difference to work for a supervisor who is honest and will tell you the truth, good or bad, with the purpose of making you a better leader. Along with the fact that they will listen to your feedback, good or bad, and not just shoot your ideas down and will explain his/her reasons for why they may not agree with you. It makes you respect that leader even more knowing that he cares enough to let you know what you did wrong and why he/she thinks it was wrong. Instead of a leader who will just shut your feedback down and send you on your way.

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    ereeves@cityofwetumpka.com

    There is absolutely no reason for anyone to lead other people and not be authentic. You got to a leadership position for a reason and you must maintain those values. All too often people's ego's get the best of them when they make rank. You should be true to yourself and continue to be the person you have always been. You still put your pants on one leg at a time.

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      sid.triche@stjohnsheriff.org

      I agree, I've seen too many people get into a position of power or leadership and their personality goes down the tube. They started out as decent people, until those stripes are put on. I wake up every morning knowing i could lose my position and put back with the guys I lead. Though it might not be healthy, it keeps me humble.

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        I agree with you sid, often times people change once they receive rank and forget that the person they were before the promotion. If you employess do not respect you as a person they well not respect your position as a supervisor.

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    We all have an opinion on what it feels like to be under an authentic leader. As leaders, we need to be Authentic while we are commanding our troops. We need to care and have the emotional intelligence to our troops so they can trust us and know we care.

    As we look at our mentors, and who we are leading, we need to practice the art of Authentic Leadership.

    I agree with the five qualities that are listed in the easy; however, there are so many more that are vital to this skill: empathy, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, genuine.

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      cody.hoormann@stjamessheriff.com

      Being authentic to the people we lead is the least that we can do for them. They deserve us to be true to them and lead them in the best way that we know how to.

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      anthony.joseph@stjamessheriff.com

      I agree as a leader we need to master all of the skill so we can leave a great legacy.

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    sid.triche@stjohnsheriff.org

    I believe people aren't born to be leaders, but are raised. The 5 qualities cant be taught in a week long class, those 5 qualities speak to you as a person. The people that follow and sometimes choose you to be leader see that you naturally possess those qualities. People can smell a person who's not authentic a mile away, and you'll never gain their trust.

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      steven.brignac@stjamessheriff.com

      Agree, that leaders that attempt to fake a quality are easily found out. Especially by law enforcement.

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    cody.hoormann@stjamessheriff.com

    Being an authentic leader is what people need. An authentic leader is something that is learned throughout years of experience. The leader takes those experiences and learns what to do and what not to do. They possess the five qualities that were talked about in the module and are true to their followers.

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      Lieutenant Dustin Jenkins

      I agree that to become authentic one must learn from our past experiences as mentioned in the module, also a full embrace of insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity must be utilized to reach the authentic potential with are all striving for.

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    dgros@stcharlessheriff.org

    We’ve all worked for people who acted like they care, but deep down, we all know they are full of it and themselves. Unfortunately, people are promoted to their level of incompetence. Sound familiar? I’m sure people say that about everyone in our profession. Still, the difference is, in my opinion, that if you are knowledgeable and “know thy self,” any comments about your incompetence are made out of pure jealousy and frustration. You should have an ethical, moral compass, and it’ll show in your work because your personal life reflects your work. No one is perfect, though. Being authentic is the same as being true and genuine. It is a lot easier to get along with others when you’re not an asshole.

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    Lieutenant Dustin Jenkins

    One main take-away from this lesson was offered towards the end when discussing leaders who have embodied most of the traits but lacked the last of the marks...without integrity, you can still be a leader but to reach the level of authentic leadership I feel one must have integrity. Without integrity, you lack the ability to be a great leader and risk falling into a less than favorable leadership group. This lesson continues to build on all traits which have been learned throughout the first 2 learning areas of this course and continue to reiterate that to become Magnus all aspects must be practiced continuously throughout our careers.

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      Adam Gonzalez

      As you shared, "to reach the level of authentic leadership, I feel one must have integrity". I to subscribe to such thought. I suspect that most, if not all, do. I do not believe that there can be real trust if there is no integrity. Thank you for also sharing that "all aspects must be practiced continuously throughout our careers". Times may come where we do not live up to the ideal we each strive to live by. When this happens, we make good on our bads, we apologize and we move forward again. I am surprised by the willingness of others to forgive when they sense that you are sincere in your work to become better and apologize for mistakes.

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    dpertuis@stcharlessheriff.org

    Integrity for me is a key virtue of becoming an Authentic Leader. Integrity starts at home and continues in your everyday role as both a person and a leader in your agency. We have integrity on our yearly evaluations and if you don't score the highest possible in that category then you can not work for me. As a police officer, if we lack integrity, then we don't belong wearing the badge. With that being said I think all 5 qualities listed, Insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity all play a role in being an authentic leader.

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      blaurent@stcharlessheriff.org

      I agree, If you don't have integrity, then you shouldn't be wearing a badge. Those officers are who give us the black eyes and inadequate media exposure are the officers with no integrity.

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        cvillere@stcharlessheriff.org

        Beau, I agree. As Dr. Normore said, "people long for leaders they can trust"; the media today is quick to publish stories that create turmoil, distrust and outrage. Yet, the millions of stories about how we volunteer to read to children, donate our hard-earned money to community charities, work to build relationships with the community based on trust and respect are all SILENCED. Our officers respond to several calls with dignity, integrity and respect on a daily basis, but let one of them lose composure for a moment and its published...hot off the press...or posted on social media. In law enforcement, we must maintain our integrity even when everyone else fails to do so....we have to continue to heal the black eye that those who acted without integrity have given us.

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      dlavergne@stcharlessheriff.org

      I agree with you, Derek. Integrity is the most crucial of all skills. It truly is the foundation of authentic leadership.

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    blaurent@stcharlessheriff.org

    Being an authentic leader is something that every supervisor should strive to accomplish. By possessing these qualities, it will benefit our subordinates, department, and community. Being an authentic leader will also carry into our personal lives and make us a better person.

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    anthony.joseph@stjamessheriff.com

    As a leader being authentic should be our goal, because when we are trustworthy, our followers would want to be more like us, and this how our legacy can continue to live on

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    steven.brignac@stjamessheriff.com

    I found similarity between authentic leadership and the different types of power. It seem for leadership to be authentic, a leader must have reverent power. These combinations of characteristics to be an authentic leader provides someone with a way to break down into steps the ways for self improvement. The importance of followers in this lesson was great to learn also. A leader being able to adjust to the types of followers is critical in becoming authentic. While some followers may believe a leader is not authentic, others may. Some followers may not look at any leader as authentic and self reflection should not take their feedback to heart.

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    cvillere@stcharlessheriff.org

    The statement, “integrity ultimately determines the quality of a person’s impact" rings true. Many people advocate for change but not all change is good. We must have integrity for there to be positive change. When implementing new policies or procedures, we need to consider who will the change affect and is it worth the risk. As Authentic Leaders, we should evaluate where are we going, lead the way, influence others to follow, make a difference and we must do so with integrity to ensure the change will be truly beneficial to individuals, our agency and community.

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      Cheryl you bring up a valid point on change. I cannot think of a time where a new policy or procedure was discussed with anyone before implementation. There is so much we can do better if we truly apply these concepts.

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    clouatre_kj@jpso.com

    This module was a great reminder of why it is important to always "Know Thyself". An authentic leader can not waiver when it comes to his values and beliefs. There will be difficult times but as an authentic leader you will have to stay strong and passionate about the mission. Understanding the purpose is another characteristic that is important for an authentic leader.

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    dlavergne@stcharlessheriff.org

    I think authentic leadership can help boost morale within a shift or department. A lot of leaders don't identify with their coworkers or subordinates on a personal level, which leaves that person feeling misunderstood, or looked over. This style of leadership is something I will definitely work on in the future.

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      dlevet@stcharlessheriff.org

      Absolutely can produce confusion if you are not authentic. It is easy to see someone that is not authentic.

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      Nice response. I always try to have personal one-on-one communication with my officers. Its easier as i have a small department (11 full time). I try to come in early and stay late which allows be to overlap with all three shifts (if only for a short time). That way I can personally chat with each officer. This way I can receive feedback from them as well as clear up any miscommunications may have made their way through the system.

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    Adam Gonzalez

    "Authentic leaders are comfortable being themselves". "Be yourself". "Act within one's own values". These three important lessons slammed into me as they each brought thoughts of past leaders that I have looked up to before. These are just some of the traits that screams out to me, authenticity! Everyone wants to have a leader that is themself, yet trying to reach higher and be better. We can all benefit from taking to heart these qualities and virtues and best exemplify them in our own style of helping others and reaching out to those in need. I believe that many of us would best be served be being mindful of why we got into public service in the first place. What drew us here and are we where we want to be? If not, let's get there. We are certainly learning the tools now on how to get to where we do each want to be!!

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    dlevet@stcharlessheriff.org

    We talk about having to be authentic to impress upon our followers what is the correct actions and values our organization require. It is easy to spot someone that is not being authentic. They stick out like a sore thumb because they themselves do not believe what they are portraying. If they are acting just to satisfy others it is only time before their real values surface.

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    We have all worked with individuals who were great patrol deputies, and when they received a promotion their who demeanor changes. They go from a fun and upbeat individual to a strict, cold and miserable person. This lecture taught us that authentic leadership has positive effects on everyone around you. Your employees will respond to the examples you set and will strive to work hard to imitate you.

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    Lt. Mark Lyons

    I found this training module to be very interesting and informative. The concept of authentic leadership in law enforcement is unique, in that it has significant value regardless of rank. Authentic leadership attracts followers who will imitate the leaders values, characteristics an traits and will put forth a greater effort when performing work related activities. Authentic leaders have a desire to serve others and play a huge role in changing the culture of an agency over time.

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      mmoscona@floodauthority.org

      I totally agree Mark, we all have the obligation to change the culture of our organizations especially in these troubled time for law enforcement.

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      wdanielfield@ibervilleso.com

      I agree as stated in the module authentic leadership in law enforcement has significant value regardless to leadership rank. It emphasizes building legitimate leaders through honest relationships with followers that value their input and build on an ethical foundation.

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      Captain Jessica Jo Troxclair

      I have observed in my career that the most authentic leaders are the happiest. It is easy to be happy and attract positive followers when you have nothing to hide or be afraid of. They truly enjoy changing the agency for the better and bringing their followers along.

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        Deputy Mitchell Gahler

        I enjoyed reading your response and I agree that having a positive attitude develops followers. I try on a daily basis to have a positive attitude and promote happiness. When people have a bad day, their attitude reflects their behavior, which others see and tend to stray away from them so they are not affected.

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      Lt. Joseph C. Chevis

      This is true, when I was a deputy I was an FTO and I trained the way I work . I was honest, Trust worth and and had respect for the badge. When I spoke I was like a coach with a new group of players. I motivated my recruits gain their trust during the training program. Even as a Watch Commander I still use this same method when I speak to my shift.

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    mmoscona@floodauthority.org

    As I was listening to and taking notes on this lecture, I found myself reflecting on my leadership as well as those supervisors and officers that I consider leaders in my career. Those leaders that I chose to follow did in fact display all 5 qualities of an effective leader. I believe to some extent I display these qualities also. I am stronger is some area than others. It gives me room for improvement and authentic leaders always look for improvement.

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    Most of us have experienced both good and bad leaders, in our careers. It may e naïve or wishful thinking that I concentrate on the good leaders that I have had, even though we talk about the bad ones. This type of training has value to us, today, because it articulates what so many do on a daily basis and have done, before we had these terms.

    Many years ago, I had a commander that exhibited all the attributes that we have discussed, but I could not have articulated that, at the time. He would have told you, that's the way you are supposed to be. We stand in the tradition of great leaders and need to reflect on the fact that some of the bad leaders that we have experienced, did not know better.

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    I feel the items Dr. Normore covered, the five qualities that an authentic leader possesses is powerful. He mentioned that the 5 items, integrity, impact, insight, influence, & initiative are instrumental to be "legitimate". Being a proper and direct leader allows your "followers" to gain from your positive knowledge, attitude, and wisdom. Mentorship can be provided when you gain followers from authentic leadership and teach people how to lead.

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    wdanielfield@ibervilleso.com

    The five qualities of an authentic leader discussed in the module are insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity. While integrity stands out to me as one of the highest qualities of a leader, I personally feel that a leader needs all qualities to be authentic.

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    Referencing some of the most horrible people ever to walk the Earth shows you how powerful a person can be if they lead using the 5 marks of authentic leadership. Imagine if Hitler had integrity that was genuine and not genocidal, we would all probable be speaking German as a second language! It also shows how important it is to be a well rounded AUTHENTIC leader you must have these traits for meaningful change and success.

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      Lt. Marlon J Shuff

      I thought the example regarding Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedung was a great example because it illustrated by just having 4 of the 5 qualities will make you a powerful leader.

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    Captain Jessica Jo Troxclair

    I believe a truly authentic leader must possess insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity. Each component that make a leader authentic complement each other. I also feel being an authentic leader you must “KNOW THYSELF”, most people are too afraid to learn about themselves and refuse to share what they do know with others. Barriers fall down when people start to open up and be genuine. Something else that helps with your purpose is being spiritual. I’ve noticed my most authentic leaders as I grew in my career were very spiritual. When you understand there is something bigger than you being humble is easy.

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    Lt. Joseph C. Chevis

    This module would be great for the new recruits that are starting with any agency. This is inspiring for me so I can only imagine how the younger generation would feel after watching this module.
    Authentic leaders are motivators and will have supporters because of their level of trust. I consider myself as an authentic leader because I have strong ethics skills, and I have applied my skills to shape and reform a trusting relationship with my subordinates.

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    Lt. Richard Paul Oubre

    Dr. Normore spoke about how a leader is measured by the impact they had on the people around them. He later spoke about how integrity is the most important trait a leader must possess. I have always understood this but this module verbalized it for me. Enjoyed this module a lot.

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      Lt. Joseph Flavin

      I agree with you when you talk about the importance of integrity and how this module verbalized it. From integrity, all of the other qualities can grow.

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    Lt. Marlon J Shuff

    Of the five qualities of an authentic leader, integrity is undoubtedly the most important. The supervisor with low integrity will likely never have the genuine trust and respect of his followers. They will have positional authority; people will only follow them because they have to. In most organizations, it's pretty easy to pick out these types of leaders. Integrity is the foundation for relationships and trust.

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      Sergeant James Schueller

      Exactly. The leaders with low integrity are leaders only because of their position. They will never be actual leaders because they do not have the trust and respect that is necessary for people to want to follow you. They do not have the Interpersonal point of view that is necessary to get the "buy-in" from the followers.

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    Deputy Mitchell Gahler

    In this module, Normore discussed the five qualities of an Authentic Leader. Of the five, initiative stands out to me as an important quality. An authentic leader who has initiative was described as, “they go first, they don’t sit on the sideline, they don’t ask others to do something that they aren’t willing to do themselves, instead they lead by example. I strive to do my best at this quality and try to be an effective member of our office. I try to do things without being told and keep going when things get tough. Act instead of react.

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      I think Mitchell hit upon something (initiative) that is lacking in many organizations. One of my department's Core values is that of being "Proactive". I stress this value with every new staff member I meet with and it's incorporated into my expectations for them.
      I expect my staff to make things better than they found them and I expect them to be problem solvers. That said, I am fully aware that the events that have taken place in this country since Ferguson in 2014 have forced many officers to become reactive instead of proactive. I constantly work the importance of this core value into conversations, I make it a point to demonstrate it myself and I highlight/ reward staff who go out of their way to demonstrate it during the course of their shift.

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    Lt. Joseph Flavin

    This module talked about the five marks of an authentic leader; Insight, Initiative, Influence, Impact, and Integrity. To learn that Integrity is the foundation of authentic leadership is not surprising. Without Integrity, one cannot be an effective leader. This module also discussed the three authentic leadership viewpoints: intrapersonal, developmental, and interpersonal. This was a very educational module.

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      Kyle Phillips

      It was not surprising to learn that being an authentic leader hinged on integrity, as integrity is the foundation of how we act, what we believe, and who we align ourselves with.

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        Maja Donohue

        Absolutely…our character must have integrity at its core. If we act in accordance with our values, then we will make the right decisions, associate with good people, and live a virtuous life.

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    Being authentic or real as a leader is very important. I think oftentimes leaders will change with the times to appease people instead of staying true to themselves. I think some do this to be promoted but I think in the long run if you are not being true to your beliefs and core values and rather changing to appease others, it will eventually wear on you and cause you to break or develop bad morale. Most can see through this trait and will lose all trust and confidence in this type of leader/ship.

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      Sergeant Paul Gronholz

      Very true. Leaders that aren't authentic will eventually falter. Their core values must include integrity and having the courage to do what is right when it may not be the popular thing to do.

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      Magda Fernandez

      Jesse, I agree with you, when people change with times, specific situations, and or are easily manipulated by people around them they fail to stay true to themselves. When people do not remain true to their values and beliefs and try to constantly adopt behaviors of whatever or whoever is around them, they come across as dis insincere, disingenuous and untrustworthy. That can lead to a decline in morale for a squad or a unit. Once trust is lost in a leader it is hard to rebuild and that loss of trust can have a ripple effect across the command staff and department.

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    Sergeant James Schueller

    The reason given for "Why is there a need for authentic leadership" was the recent turmoil in society. Interesting since this content was from 2017- and no win 2020 that answer could not be more true! I found the ending piece, the '5 Marks of Authentic Leadership' to really bring this module into focus: Insight, Initiative, Influence, Impact, and Integrity. I liked the comparison of influence to influenza (They're both contagious!). The definition used with Impact was phenomenal- The measure of leadership cannot be found by the leader, it is found by the impact they have on their followers...What a great way to define this principle, and one that we all should take to heart.

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      Sergeant James Schueller

      now in 2020, not "no win 2020"...although the way the year has gone so far, that is also accurate, lol.

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        Ha! I can't believe no one jumped on that one yet.
        I agree, I also ending to be insightful and applicable, as well as the measure of a leader. I Feel of all the leadership variables and styles, if I was forced to pick one, it would be authentic leadership.

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    Kyle Phillips

    Real leaders are contagious...….true statement, hopefully we have all had the ability to work for one of these supervisors. The lecture made a great point about leaders having several of the five qualities of authentic leadership, however without integrity, they were not authentic leaders. Integrity is the foundation from which we build, develop, model and influence.

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      Eduardo Palomares

      I have to say this is very accurate. One of the virtues l look for people is authenticity, specifically in leadership positions. Real leaders are contagious that display authenticity are more trusted that those who are not. They are humble to accept they are wrong and always act with the outmost best intentions for the organization and their people.

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      Sergeant Durand Ackman

      Absolutely agree, real leaders are contagious. I have worked for a couple and they make you want to perform better. It makes coming to work more enjoyable and encourages you to up your game to their level. I also agree that integrity is the foundation for a great leader.

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    Eduardo Palomares

    In the context of authentic leadership, we can’t forget that in order to have credibility one must display the following five qualities: 1. Insight, 2. Initiative, 3. Influence, 4. Impact and 5. Integrity. None could be measured in quantitative ways but all have to exemplary be displayed and practice. Leaders striving to display and practice authenticity must be insightful to the needs and wants of others. Additionally, leaders must have the initiative to bring positive change to the people they work for (subordinates) with good intentions. The influence has to be based on referent power at all levels of the organization and in all ranks. Integrity and Impact are equally important to be an effective authentic leader that will be trusted by his or her peers, subordinates and superiors.

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      I am reading your post after doing mine and just had to comment as I also commented on the five markers. I like how you brought in referent power and totally agree that this should be practiced at all levels throughout our organizations. Can you imagine the difference that would make?

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    Ryan Manguson

    This was a great module on Authentic Leadership. I like the comments about in todays day and age authentic leadership is more in demand than ever. The public is demanding trustworthy authentic leadership. It was important to note that authentic leadership is developed over a lifetime from personal and shared events that trigger growth and greater authenticity.

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      Lieutenant Jennifer Hodgman

      Ryan I agree with your comments. Our leadership is developed over a lifetime from shared and personal events which trigger growth and authenticity.

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      Gregory Hutchins

      While all of the components listed are learnable, one can question the most important, integrity. One's cannot teach integrity in the fashion as other characteristics of authentic leadership. Once one reaches adulthood, and with their core values and beliefs set, change is challenging to promote. Self-awareness, as noticed in earlier lessons, is very difficult to attain. To be self-aware to the point of self-regulating or completely changing values and beliefs is a monumental task. As actual leadership development is a long way of being taught more efficiently and to all in all facets of one's life, changing character flaw that affects integrity is not more than burying it, in the hope the leader can continue to fight to keep it down in the effort to be authentic.

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    Sergeant Durand Ackman

    It is amazing how this content holds up. I don't know the year this video was recorded but he referenced recent events and mentioned 9/11. That makes me think it was recorded at least a couple years ago, but today we are facing worldwide events as well as nationwide and even local events that require strong leaders to step up. The 5 qualities - insight, influence, input, initiative and integrity are all important for a leader and an argument can be made for each of them being more important that the others. I believe integrity is the most important as high integrity will lead to the others and sets a great example for others to follow.

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      Sgt. Ryan Lodermeier

      I agree Durand, the 4 other qualities we can develop and grow with however if someone does not have integrity then that not only limits their leadership effectiveness but it can create a detrimental situation for the agency.

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    Sergeant Paul Gronholz

    It's important for leaders to be authentic and base their actions and decision based on strong morals and ethics. Leaders must act with integrity in order to build trust within their communities and organizations. Officers and citizens need to know that their leaders will do what is right at all times. Behaving with integrity is the foundation that the other 4 qualities of authentic leadership are built on.

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    Sgt. Ryan Lodermeier

    Integrity is the foundation for authentic leadership. Insight, initiative, influence, and impact can all be worked and improved upon but if a person does not have integrity then there effects when put in leadership roles will not only be nonproductive, but in many ways detrimental to the success of the agency. I appreciate the reference to Colonel Moore, it is a great example of a leader showing initiative.

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    I think that Dr. Normore hit on some key topics in his presentation. The first point is that a leader cannot be authentic if they truly do not know themselves. The second point is that without the buy-in from followers, authenticity is a mute point. Both of these concepts were further discussed in the "Authentic Leader Viewpoints" portion of the lecture. Here, the importance of intrapersonal skills (What makes the leader tick and operate), developmental skills (components that are learned and developed) and intrapersonal skills (relationships between leaders and followers) are highlighted. When a leader demonstrates these traits they are viewed as being genuine. The genuine leader who has a desire to serve others can improve performance and affect positive change. Early in the presentation, Dr. Normore mentions that some theorists believe that a whole organization can act authentically. One could only imagine what a law enforcement agency could accomplish if that were true.

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      Christopher Lowrie

      Your first point about a leader cannot be authentic if they truly do not know themselves is huge. As Bill George spoke about leaders need self awareness. They need to find a process that works for them to get accurate feedback so they can move forward and not make the same mistakes.

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    Samantha Reps

    Authentic leadership requires us to know ourselves first and do a self inventory. As stated in this learning lesson authentic leadership should have insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity. All staff look for a good honest leader to follow.

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    Sergeant Chad Blanchette

    There were some great points in this module. I think striving to be an authentic leader is where we all need to strive for going forward.

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    Maja Donohue

    Authentic leadership is probably the reason why people sometimes think that leaders are born and not made. We feel that these individuals are successful because leadership appears to come naturally to them. This lecture explained what this perceived natural ability is founded on, namely integrity to one’s principles and values. Authentic qualities appear natural because they are a part of the leader’s character. When you are honest with yourself and true to your principles, others see you as trustworthy, which makes you credible in their eyes. To be authentic is to intentionally and deliberately maintain our integrity, rely on our values and principles to guide our decisions and initiate change, become a student of life to gain insight and wisdom, and be mindful of our impact and influence on others. Authenticity is synonymous with honesty and goodness, and people are naturally drawn to this leadership quality because it brings out the best in everyone.

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      Timothy Sandlin

      Excellent point. I never made that connection, but I agree. The reason why some seem born to lead is their inherent authenticity and ability to connect with people.

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    Christopher Lowrie

    Authentic leaders value treating people with decency and dignity. This is a basic concept but it is a great reminder. If every cop treated others like they would want their family to be treated the world would be a better place. Authentic leaders "walk the walk" is another great lesson point. Don't pretend to be something that you are not. Be authentic in all areas of your life both on and off duty.

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      Sergeant Kelly Lee

      Agreed Chris, it's funny on how on ALL these modules everything goes back to or comes down to how we treat people or each other. Totally on point when you say if every cop (and everyone else) treated others like they wanted to be treated the world would be a better place. Amen to that!

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    Sergeant Kelly Lee

    The big 5 to have in order to show or build Authentic Leadership. 1) Insight, 2) Initiative, 3) Influence, 4) Impact and 5) Integrity. I challenge the others in this class to take a look at either your current administration or a previous one you've worked for and see if they "checked all these boxes" or were lacking a few. I am happy to say that I believe the Sheriff I currently work for possess all these traits and continues to work on them each and every day. Although some do not agree with all the Sheriff's decisions, I know that what he does comes from the heart and with the best of intention.

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      Good comment Kelly. I believe people will respect an assertive decision-maker. So long as that decision is based upon input (whenever possible) of the people they influence and affect. We have to be willing to listen, evaluate, ask questions, and be strong in our final decisions.

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    Lieutenant Jennifer Hodgman

    Authentic leadership really means to know thy self, which is a lifelong learning process. Being authentic in our leadership means we are doing the right thing, being honest with ourselves and others and working for the common good.

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      Marshall Carmouche

      I agree! There is a reason Dr. Normore stressed "KNOW THY SELF" in the lesson. Once we truly know our self and our purpose we then can become an authentic leader.

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    Magda Fernandez

    Authentic Leadership is about looking inward. Having the ability to be genuine, self-reflect be able to listen to others and continue to learn and be open and inclusive. Leaders have great impact on their subordinates to a whole other level that as leaders we may not be aware of. A leader who consistently stays late, works extra hours, and is available to staff 24-7 is sometimes viewed as admirable and dedicated. Subordinates may look at that as an expectation of performance they may not want to do or unable meet which may discourage them from promoting to a certain rank. We must be self-aware and practice good work life balance and lead by that example. To me, the most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in what ever it is they want to do.

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      Be first onto the field and the last one off. Leaders should eat last, to quote a book I know. To me, dedication is a big part of AL. Showing the people that you are willing to grind on for them and try at every opportunity to make things better will go a long way. AL in general is a tough one and there is a fine balance. It is somewhat subjective and objective but surely no black and white execution.

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    What struck me most about this module is looking at the five markers of authentic leadership and really reflecting on the meaning of each. Having insight isn't just about being able to see the "big picture". It's about being able to make decisions and often the right ones while considering those that the decision affects. And then after that decision is made to have the initiative to lead the way by taking the first step; setting the tone as the leader drives towards that goal. Having a positive attitude, high moral standards and leading by example will have an impactful influence on others which will make a difference in not only the outcomes of that goal, but future goals set by others that follow or, perhaps one day, lead. And at the core of all these markers is integrity, which without this quality, is truly the difference for how that leader will be remembered; a hero or a villain.

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      Brad Strouf

      I share your thoughts on the module. I found it to be a significant help in defining the markers of great (authentic) leaders. Certainly the mark of integrity is critical to true authentic leadership.

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    A simple concept yet so powerful. People want to follow credible, authentic, people. Its not so much about your rank, or what you have accomplished. Its how you have portrayed yourself to others. Have you been the example of what you hope they will become?

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      Sgt. Shawn Wilson

      Could not agree more. Rank is irrelevant. Those that live in the past and rest their laurels on past accomplishments lose focus on what is important; the community we serve and our fellow officers should always be the priority.

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      Jacqueline Dahms

      Agreed William. I have come across a few leaders that I would consider credible and authentic. Those are the people that display kindness and are genuine and true to their values. They are the beacons, the lighthouses to our turbulent seas. In my experience, I've seen leaders have several of the qualities or 5 marks but not all of them and unfortunately, they just don't have that light, as if something is missing. But at least I see them try. I've also seen plenty of crappy "leaders" as supervisors and yet they still offer insight, influence and impact...just not while building relationships or being kind.

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    Sgt. Shawn Wilson

    When I reflect on past leaders that I have come to admire and analyze what type of leadership they displayed; they all possessed Authentic Leadership. They treated those around them with respect, they made that personal connection with those they lead and inspired all of those around them. I think that this can only occur when we look inward and truly understand who we are as leaders. The never wavering commitment to integrity that authentic leaders have if applied across an organization would resolve numerous organizational issues.

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      Andy Opperman

      I agree Shawn, you can not truly lead if you are not self aware, we must as leaders have the ability to self analyze everything we do. If you do not understand yourself to include your flaws and your strengths how will we identify important traits in our own people.

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    Authentic leadership is a self-less but very self-aware leadership style. It is shaped by basic characteristics that everyone should strive to possess as people, not just leaders. The first step towards being authentic requires integrity and passion for what you do. Since we are in the people business, you would be hard pressed lead without the two.

    I worry what the future will hold for authenticity. Between social media and the mindset of many of our youth, it may be difficult to find someone who is authentic when our successors leave. Their constant relying on feedback and others approval from people they don’t even really know… and allowing that to shape their opinions and lives. Most can’t function without their “life-line” in their hand or in contact with their body.

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      Selfless, spot on.

      I like how you correlate the desire to be liked versus authentic leadership. We all want to be liked but we all need to do the right thing. Integrity. People will respect us as leaders if we are even-handed and fair about doing our work when it relates to the people. If we treat people differently others will take note and we've lost. Be kind, be encouraging, be motivating, and be authentic.

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    The principles of Authentic Leadership (AL), Thought processes, emotional intelligence, inner drive, and the deepest core values right true. These are the guiding principles for us all to try and follow. We have to be interpersonal in our leadership walk, talk with and understand our followers. We have to build positive relationships and adapt to people where they are at. Share our personal experiences with our followers, be transparent and open. This will help build that essential trust we need to succeed as a team. Finally, our ethics and integrity must be solid. Reputation is so important to build. What have we sacrificed for the team or the organization?

    Merely being "chummy" doesn't define AL. Being a buddy is just that, we need these principles to be true ALs. Being friendly is important but we cannot stop there alone. What's our vision? Do we have initiative and are we carrying that forward for the organization? Do we let our friendships dictate how we handle issues when they come up or do we evenly dispense with correction when needed? So many things to consider regarding authenticity.

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    I really believe that to be a good leader you have to have integrity. That seems to be a common theme in a lot of leadership courses and trainings but I honestly agree with that. As a leader if you have integrity, your followers will have a better chance of looking up to and respecting you because they know that you will do your best for what is right and that they can trust you. I also believe that to help yourself develop integrity, you have to spend more time around people that have the same qualities as you or those that you are aspiring to develop.

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    Andy Opperman

    I thought one of the most important take a ways from the module on authentic leadership was the five qualities of an authentic leader. The importance of having integrity when leading people is a must. So many leaders show their ability to motivate people and influence them, but many times what gets lost is the why of that motivation. With every decision we make as leaders one of our first questions to ourselves should be, “am I doing this for the right reasons.” Adding the quote from Lt. Colonel Hal Moore as an example was a great representation of a leader that possessed all five qualities.

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    What struck me is how a leader who lacks integrity can go so wrong. I had never really thought about how it was a lack of integrity that caused some of the worst people in history to have horrible impacts. Integrity has to be the first step in Authentic Leadership. It should be the foundation of any leadership.

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    Timothy Sandlin

    In this module authentic leadership was discussed. What I got from this is fairly simply and practical. Authentic leadership is sincere, real, down to earth, relationships, and being able to connect with people on a more sincere and personal way. When people connect with the leader obviously there is more influence involved in the relationship. If the leader lives it the people more likely believe it. The module did a good job academically connecting the dots. It covered authentic leadership principles and marks of authentic leadership.

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    Robert Schei

    Authentic Leadership really means to know thyself. This statement made by Dr. Normore was imperative to me gaining insight throughout the module. As we learned about the 5 qualities of an authentic leader; insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity I applied each quality to the "know thyself" statement. By doing so I had a better understanding of leadership failures and how some leaders struggle. Each quality is imperative and although you can fool followers for some time leaving a lasting positive legacy requires personal honesty and development.

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    Nicole Oakes

    Behaving authentically means acting in core with ones values, preferences, and needs as opposed to acting merely to please other people or to obtain awards or avoid punishments through acting falsely. So often our leaders are driven by self motivation for their own personal gain. I see leaders come into power that are not respected and who have not used good judgement. I am hoping leadership training is changing the wave of future leadership and management.

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    Brad Strouf

    While all five of "marks of authentic leadership" are important, it would seem that integrity is highest on the list of importance. Without integrity, no relationship building will exist since the leader will not be trusted. Without integrity, the leader will have less, if any, impact of the followers.

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    Jacqueline Dahms

    Authentic leaders are the beacon that guide you home to something real, genuine, and kind, at least that is true for the person I try to emulate every day. They build and nurture trusting relationships based on their own self-awareness, life experiences, and partnering with their followers. Integrity seems to be the most important, but I think all 5 marks have equal impact on the success of an authentic leader. I think the hardest of these marks is influence because it is not always obvious.

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      Ronald Smith

      Jacqueline
      you are right, I don't know if you have ever had someone in charge of anything who you did not feel they were authentic, but it really is a drag on progress and personal growth. An authentic leader brings out the 'want' to complete tasks or be a part of the change. Don't discount your ability to influence those who follow you, they may not be cheerleaders but if you watch them they will emulate you.

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    Having insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity is essential at being a leader. As a new leader I have found that becoming a student of leadership that each of these qualities are not equally distributed. I think that I am stronger in some areas and weaker in others, but being a student of leadership will help me become better.

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    Jarvis Mayfield

    I feel that a good leader must have all 5 qualities of an Authentic Leader to be well rounded as an authentic leader. To be authentic you must not be a know it all however I am saying that you must at least have a basic idea or understanding of each of the three. Initiative is to have a drive it takes in Law Enforcement that is an excellent quality to possess, I like integrity as a leader everything you do and say will directly or indirectly affect someone

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    Matthew Menard

    In order to be a good leader, one must possess all 5 of the qualities talked about in the module (insight, initiative, influence, impact and integrity). Finding the appropriate balance of each qualities often times is just as challenging as possessing each of them. I believe that an authentic leader can be weak in one or two of these areas and still be a good leader, however each area must always exist in some form or the rest cannot sustain.

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    Gregory Hutchins

    Being authentic is characteristic leaders require understanding better. As with much in leadership development, especially in this Area, the ethic leader's characteristic can serve as a change agent and inspire others to follow authenticity. As described by Normore, there are plenty of good leaders; however, in retrospect, these leaders have caused some of the most notable atrocities recorded in recent history. The defining characteristic is integrity. In some way, of all the characteristics to define a leader, integrity is the only skill that one cannot teach. People of character have a strong sense of unwavering integrity.
    The highest character values drive an individual to be authentic, to serve others with core values to make a lasting difference. Self-awareness can illustrate an individual's tendency to stray off a moral line, and self-regulation may keep them on the proper path, but eventually, life and situations change, and an individual with a character flaw will always be rooted out. Too often, it is when it is destructive to the organization, others, and one's livelihood.

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    Marshall Carmouche

    The five qualities that make up an authentic leader are all important to have. What stuck out most to me in this model is when Dr Normore stressed what authentic leadership really means "know thyself". How many of us do truly know ourselves? Once we know our true purpose, I think we have the ability to be that authentic leader. One must remain honest and true to them self and their subordinates to stay authentic.

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    Ronald Smith

    The five marks of Authentic Leadership were interesting: insight, initiative, influence, impact, and integrity are things I have looked for all my life and aspired to achieve. Insight is one to work at, it is easy to have a vision but being able to navigate complex situations takes effort. The other four seem to fall into place as long as number five, integrity, is a core value.