Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Restricted to Claremont Colleges Dissertation

Degree Name

Psychology, PhD


School of Social Science, Politics, and Evaluation

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

David Day

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Michelle Bligh

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Paul Zak

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Authenticity, Generosity, Situation dependent, Paradoxical, Transparency

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The paper theorizes on signaling dynamic authenticity as a leader. At its core, authenticity involves being self-referential. It implies that knowing oneself is a prerequisite to being true to oneself. One’s numerous selves morph into self-concepts and build an individual’s self-monitoring personality, interconnected with one’s impression management. Authentic signaling is characterized by higher-level indicators: self-awareness, transparency, and vulnerability. By acting in accordance with their momentarily truest “leader-self “– most appropriate for the given leadership moment at play – leaders are practicing their leadership through these three indicators from a place of personality and role-specific situational authentic state expression. Variable state authenticity informs, builds, and strengthens one’s trait authenticity. Behavioral scripts, identity work, self-narratives, and symbols play an integral part in this continuous process of authentication. Dynamic authenticity is developmental, complex, fluid, paradoxical, non-linear, personality dependent, situation dependent, and context dependent. As such, self-verification functions as an external reference system and awareness enhancer on a leader’s personal growth journey.