Recently I was asked to describe what an Authentic Leader is, because I have it listed as a skill I have due to some training and coaching that I have received. Here is the textbook definition:
"To be an authentic leader requires you to be genuine and to have a passion for your purpose; you must practice your values, lead with your heart, develop connected relationships, and have the self-discipline to get results. You must stay on course of your True North in the face of the most severe challenges, pressures, and seductions."
Check out : http://www.billgeorge.org/page/true-north for more info.