Part 5: Summary

As described by Lencioni (2002), leadership is very important to build a cohesive team to transform a good organization into a great one. Therefore, authentic leadership is required to build a cohesive team in any organization. As mentioned by Northouse (2013), authentic leadership is something unique in its perspective; it builds the leader’s legacy through honest leadership with followers. It is based on an ethical and positive way of thinking of the leaders towards the followers. By building trust and generating enthusiastic support from their followers, authentic leaders are able to improve individual and team performance (Northouse, 2013). Authentic leaders use level 5 leadership in their leading process. As described by Collins (2001), they attend to people first, strategy second. They get the right people on the bus (p. 124). Therefore, they build a cohesive team who can use its full capacities to transform a good organization into a better one.
Moreover, authentic leaders have effective leadership practices in their organizations. These practices are avoiding the five dysfunctions of a team and using Lencioni’s model for combating silos. While the five dysfunctions of a team are absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results, the model for combating silos consists of four components to help achieve the goal of the organization. These components are: a thematic goal, a set of defining objectives, a set of ongoing standard operating objectives and metrics. Authentic leaders use these practices to improve the performance of their organization. They also possess certain skills, which is emotional intelligence, to have always better performance. It is a group of five skills that enable authentic leaders to maximize their own and their followers’ performance. The five skills of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill. These skills of emotional intelligence influence the leader’s ability to move an organization forward through productive group formation and collaboration. Authentic leaders can transform a good organization into a great one by using level 5 leadership, emotional intelligence skills and Lencioni’s models to avoid the five dysfunctions of a team and combat silos.

Leadership Theory Paper

Fr. Tadros Hirmina

St. Peter Seal of the Martyrs, Coptic Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Palm Beach Atlantic University

LDR 5004-30W

Professor Anthony G. Allen

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Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams
2nd U.S. President


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