Social autencity and the logics of premodern, modern and postmodern paradigms

Yesterday I had a coffee with entreprenuer / business developer / good friend Anja Hoffman. Anja has just completed an essay on Leadership Autencity at Aarhus University. We ended up having a very inspiring conversation on the challenge of being authentic in a business environment which is at the same time affected by multiple logics, as explained among others by David Boje. The premodern logic, which iconizes top management as demigods, who can never be wrong and have superhuman attributes. The modern logic, in which the organization is dehumanised into a machine. And then the postmodern, in which we see a revolt against the machine and a quest for autencity. The leadership challenge is therefore not just a question of being authentic, but a question of handling multiple leadership paradigms at the same time. Would be interesting to see more case stories on this subject…

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