What is the real deal?
What is authentic about anything?
When something is authentic we say that it is the fully trustworthy article. When we say a person is authentic we are saying that they truthfully represent themselves in all facets of their life with honesty and truthfulness.
In leadership the requirements for a leader are to be authentic. A leader that is trustworthy, a leader that is genuine, a leader that is honest, a leader that is interested in the follower is a true or authentic leader.
Why is authenticity important? Would you trust a person who represented themselves in one way and acted in another? We search for congruence in action and word in most people but especially in a leader.
This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
~ Hamlet, Shakespeare