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Billy Burnett: Thoughts On Authentic Leadership


Becoming an Authentic Replica

Around 30 years ago there was a television commercial in which a popular singer was used to produce a certain pitch that would shatter a fine glass. then a voice-over would ask: “Is it live, or is it Memorex?”  The point of course was that you couldn’t tell the difference.

Authentic leaders must be like Memorex, an authentic replica of the original source. Looking at the most authentic leader of all, Jesus spoke like his Father and he acted like his Father. His life had impact. He was so mission-focused he rebuked a key team member when he suggested that he forgo his calling.

Authentic leaders, like Jesus, are measure by how close they are to the original source of their being. By being so close to that source, they shatter and break through obstacles that prevent vision from becoming mission that becomes reality.

The metric for the authentic leader is Jesus Christ.


Billy Burnett, MBA, CCNL is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Joni and Friends. His thoughts as shared here were taken from Outcomes Magazine, Spring 2013.

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