To date, the gap between mature and emerging economies has widened.The disparity is attributed to a failure of organisational leadership and this has been a subject of interest to scholars. This complexity is further amplified by the rapid pace of global competition, financial scandals and leadership malfeasance. As a result, authentic leadership is proposed as an approach that addresses leadership gaps within contemporary organisations. Taken as a whole, this approach-whether focused on attaining organisational outcomes, extends beyond to promoting the collective good within the society. And as such, is best positioned to drive productivity within a developing market context.