Bill Clinton: Authentic Leadership and the Psychodynamic Approach

Bill Clinton: Authentic Leadership and the Psychodynamic Approach

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Authentic leadership has emerged as an important concept as people look for leaders who are transparent, original, and worthy of their trust. Calls for this type of leadership grew in the first decade of the twenty-first century as a result of numerous scandals (e.g., Enron, WorldCom, the housing market collapse, and failures in the banking industry) that rocked public trust. Authenticity is important to the leadership process as it is foundational when developing effective relationships between leaders and followers. This case focuses on Bill Clinton as an example of a leader who appears authentic, but whose decisions and behaviors as a public servant caused others to distrust him. Students will analyze the tenets of authentic leadership in regard to Clinton and then discuss questions regarding ...

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