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Title: Authenticity and Atypicality in Leadership: Can an Atypical Leader Afford to be Authentic?
Authors: Ayaz, O
Özbilgin, M
Samdanis, M
Torunoglu Tinay, D
Issue Date: 9-Nov-2023
Publisher: Wiley on behalf of British Academy of Management
Citation: Ayaz, O. et al. (2023) 'Authenticity and Atypicality in Leadership: Can an Atypical Leader Afford to be Authentic?', International Journal of Management Reviews, 0 (ahead of print), pp. 1 - 17. doi: 10.1111/ijmr.12355.
Abstract: Leaders from typically privileged backgrounds, such as White, male, elite-educated and upper-class individuals, often find it easier to craft an authentic identity in professional settings than their atypical counterparts. These atypical leaders, which include women, LGBT+, ethnic minorities or those from less affluent socio-economic backgrounds, can indeed construct an authentic workplace identity. However, this often demands significant emotional investment and the navigation of challenges, such as reconciling conflicting identities, especially in institutions tailored predominantly for the typical leaders. While authenticity and diversity are highly desired qualities in leadership, we argue that authenticity remains a privilege primarily enjoyed by leaders from typical backgrounds. By drawing on Hochschild's notion of emotional labour and Castoriadis's concepts of autonomy and heteronomy, we shed light on the dynamic interplay between authenticity and atypicality. Further, we present a conceptual framework that outlines how atypical leaders can manifest authenticity in their roles, and the ensuing implications for driving organisational change rooted in diversity.
ISSN: 1460-8545
Other Identifiers: ORCID iD: Ozlem Ayaz
ORCID iD: Mustafa F Özbilgin
ORCID iD: Marios Samdanis
Appears in Collections:Brunel Business School Research Papers

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