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Liz Trocchio Smith

Liz Trocchio Smith
Certified Executive Business Coach
and Trusted Advisor

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Authenticity

To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself.

What is authenticity, who has it and how do you get it?   Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself – or “walking the talk.”  But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how you feel about yourself.   Authenticity is actually a relational behavior, not a self-centered one, meaning that to be truly authentic, you must not only be comfortable with yourself, but must also comfortably connect with others.

  • Point of View:  Having a point of view is critical to being authentic.  Being open and willing to engage in exchanges on that point of view accentuates your leadership and demonstrates both strength and flexibility.
  • Positioning:  While taking a position is important, over-positioning yourself is detrimental.  Know the difference.
  • Personal History:  At the core, you need to connect with your personal history and identify the key events, messages, and people that shaped who you are today.
“To attract followers, a leader has to be many things to many people.  The trick is to pull that off while remaining true to yourself.”    Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones authors of Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?
 
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