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.