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By R. Gardiner

This e-book examines the conceptual underpinnings of actual management to find why so little consciousness has been paid to gender. the writer explores the failure to interrogate the complexities surrounding the concept that of authenticity, particularly because it pertains to the range of lived event.

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First, it is difficult to comprehend how such leadership training could be evaluated. Would program evaluation consist of the completion of a questionnaire where a leader ranked her level of authenticity before and after completion of a training course? Or would program success be judged on the perceptions of others prior to and after a leader’s makeover? Second, what complicates the idea of leadership programming, as it pertains to authenticity, is that training someone to perform in a particular way would seem to run counter to a person expressing her personal views.

For Arendt, this social conformity created a kind of ‘no-man rule’ whereby society dictates what we do, and how we think. Within this societal framework, action is subservient to behaviour as people become more inclined to do what is expected of them by wider society, and conform to social rules without thinking. The problem is that, in our desire for societal acceptance and approval, we may turn away from personal values to embrace social standards. When this happens it may become unclear as to what is our individual moral responsibility vis-à-vis taking a stance against injustice.

This disconnection between the leader and others is potentially dangerous, since a leader’s isolation from others may create an atmosphere of fear and suspicion. In contradistinction, Arendt perceives of the Greek polis as an example of an authentic realm of freedom because it was the place where citizens came together as equals to share their views and make decisions on public affairs. A willingness to appear before others was perceived as critical to freedom. It required courage to devote oneself to public life because it meant a willingness to share your views with others.

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