Authentic leaders are the leaders who are confident or resilient individuals. They are aware of how the people think or behave. These people use a higher level of integrity and remain committed to building of the organizations. They are credible individuals. These elements of authentic leadership apply to MD Callahan. He is seen to be confident of his plan of recruiting only individuals with the right attitude, and his confident attitude and his unique changes in the company have even earned him the tag of “wacky”.
Servant leadership can be considered as the positive leadership which has emerged little differently from the root notions of authentic leadership. Both the leadership have the desire to serve people and are interested in the empowerment of their follower (Vecchio, 2007). They refuse to compromise of the principles. They provide high level of importance to establishment of relationship with the people. The fundamental difference that is developed between the servant leadership and the authentic leadership is that the servant leader serves and an authentic leader leads. Servant leadership can hence be defined as something of a philosophy where a just and caring work environment is created by the leaders for their followers. There are similarities, because both authentic and servant leadership will connect to emotional intelligence to help their followers. Now in the case of the case study, authentic leadership is observed, as Callahan is seen to be open with his followers and he is honest and his actions reflect on his integrity. For instance, some of his good efforts towards his employees are because he understands the effects of working long hours first hand, and hence he wants policies in place to correct it. These are not simply implemented because he wants to get a good name with his employees, rather he does this to correct those situations that he himself has faced as an employee. Authentic leadership can be considered as a form of leadership that is based on the character driven and it does not recognize the leadership style. The authentic leadership is since there is a unique style developed from the experience and introspection. These are consistent with the character or personality. The MD, his character and perceptions of the workplace directly guide the changes he wants and hence it could be argued that consistency in actions does make him an authentic leader.