I came across this theme on David Maister’s blog were he reviews George and Sims book True North which is a follow-up to George's Authentic Leadership book. George describes 125 authentic leaders and concludes that they demonstrate 5 key attributes:
1. Pursuing Purpose with Passion
2. Practicing Solid Values
3. Leading with the Heart
4. Establishing Connected Relationships
5. Demonstrating Self-Discipline
The notion is that there leaders were successful because of who they were rather than being the product of years of experience and development.
This begs the question, if authentic leaders are the product of their early years can mere mortals develop the 5 attributes or is Leadership development a lost cause?