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Authenticity, can be defined as something or someone that is genuine, legitimate or bona fide. It can also denote dependability, trustworthiness, credibility and accuracy.
Being an "authentic leader" means two things. First, you have got to share the struggle and the risks with your people. Second, Leaders must make sure their actions consistently reinforce the one or two most important values they hold up for their organizations.
"A person cannot make hard decisions, hold unpopular positions, or stand tall for what he believes unless he knows who he is and feels comfortable in his own skin. Just as important, authenticity makes a leader likeable, for lack of a better word. Their realness comes across in the way they communicate and reach people on an emotional level. Their words move them; their message touches something inside." ~ Jack Welch
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