|Title||Nature-based training program fosters authentic leadership|
|Author(s)||Droffelaar, Boy van; Jacobs, M.H.|
|Source||Journal of Leadership Studies (2018). - 12 p.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|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.