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An authentic leader is one whose actions demonstrate they genuinely believe that leadership is a privilege and not just a position. A question is ‘What actions would demonstrate that … especially when working with remote teams?’
If you were to trace the rise of the topic of authenticity, especially when referring to authenticity in the workplace, you quickly realise it has been in response to a continual global decline in trust. For most people it would seem the idea of being authentic, living an authentic life, and authentic leadership are aspirational and worthwhile … and I readily put my hand up in agreement with that.
Authenticity is a bit of a buzz term at the moment, and it’s being tagged alongside leadership, corporate culture, brands, products and services, and most certainly discussed in terms of individual behaviour as being authentic or inauthentic. But what does it really mean to have authenticity?
Is being authentic something we ought to care about? If being authentic is desirable, how do we know when we are being authentic? What does it feel like when we are experiencing it … in ourselves and in others? What are the contributing elements that allow us to be authentic? What are the contributing elements that cause us to be inauthentic?
When there is a lack of responsibility and accountability for our actions and our results and the impact of those actions and results on others, we put trust at risk. And, when trust is at risk … everything is at risk.
Realistic Optimism is not practicing the power of positive thinking or repeating positive affirmations. In fact, the research is clear here that making positive statements to yourself has little if any impact over time … especially if you’re lacking in self-esteem.
Motivational gurus often tout from conference stages around the globe that we all need to find our purpose in life. However, that is very misleading and not very helpful from a practical sense, because what we know from evidence-based research is few people find and live their life based on one purpose.
None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. However, when someone is ‘caught out’ for an intentional deception, that is not a mistake … it was intentional.
A well-intentioned warning for all the pessimists, skeptics and cynics who reckon optimism is fluffy air-headedness. The latest evidence-based research has some really bad news for you.
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