Leadership research will benefit from bringing in the subjective realities of becoming a leader by considering the leadership journey. Generating an understanding of how leaders turn episodes in time into meaningful subjective narratives helps shed light on the meaning-making process. We seek in this inquiry to understand self-awareness with a narrative meaning-making process. In this study, we adopt a narrative research approach for analyzing the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi, who is widely acknowledged as an authentic leader. The study explores individual experiences of becoming a leader and factors leading to the manifestation of authentic leadership behaviour as well as followers’ outcomes. The study will also contribute towards the understanding of triggering events experienced by the leader at different points in life which have led to self-awareness.
authentic leadership, self-awareness, self-evaluation, self-concept
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Nair, B. P., T, P., & Nair, S. K. (2021). Exploring Authentic Leadership through Leadership Journey of Gandhi. The Qualitative Report, 26(3), 714-733. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4004