What does authenticity have to do with leadership? A lot for those who want to become great leaders. More than 1000 studies over a 50-year time-frame have not produced a single profile of the ideal leader. Such a profile does not exist. Leadership emerges from people’s life stories and from their ability to develop self-awareness about their experiences. Discovering who you are – becoming authentic – requires a commitment to discovering yourself. Its benefits include greater efficiency, effectiveness and motivation, better balance in life, empowered team members, and superior results over a sustained period of time.