Excelerator (University of Auckland Business school) has released 'More Right than Real' the shape of authentic leadership in New Zealand' from a survey carried out in 2006 by Dr Lester Levy and Dr Annick Jansen. The survey polled 1000 people across NZ in mid-sized organisations.
As Dr Levy says in the report:
"What this research reveals is a challenging picture with significant implications for New Zealand's future productivity and competitiveness. The level of Authentic Leadership is not as high as it should be based on our findings, and could potentially undermine the future achievements and potential of the New Zealand workforce.
Our research revealed that the New Zealand leader is unlikely to encourage and acknowledge differing points of view, has low self-awareness and is resistant to change. They respect data more than the opinions of their workforce. It is as if their need to be 'right' overwhelms their ability to be 'real'.
In environments where the level of Authentic Leadership is low, we found that the effects on the workforce are profound, stripping them of the very qualities that are the ingredients of success - creativity, innovation, risk-taking, ,openness and profound connection to the aspirations of the organisation."