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Record number 541611
Title Nature-based training program fosters authentic leadership
Author(s) Droffelaar, Boy van; Jacobs, M.H.
Source Journal of Leadership Studies (2018). - 12 p.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/jls.21569
Department(s) Cultural Geography
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract Authentic leadership is frequently promoted as a leadership style that responds to the contemporary challenges that leaders face. The current experimental study (n = 66) tested intrapersonal change toward authentic leadership after participation in a nature-based training program that included a stay in remote wilderness without any facilities. Authentic leadership was measured before, immediately after, and 1 year after the training program. All components of authentic leadership increased, namely self-awareness, internalized moral behavior, balanced processing, and relational transparency, with medium to large effect sizes (d ≈ .7). Changes in general personality traits were of a lower
magnitude, suggesting that change was specific to authentic leadership, rather than extending into general psychological characteristics. The findings emonstrate that a nature-based training program can increase authentic leadership. Immersion in wilderness is possibly conducive to change in
leadership style, and could be considered as a strategy for fostering leadership change.
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