I’ve been pondering for a while now what authenticity means. We advocate for the true self, which is the authentic, “real” person underneath social conditioning and pressure.
The authentic person is honest, courageous, non-judgmental, self-respecting, and practices integrity. This means an authentic person will speak up when disrespected, and be consistent in aligning her actions with her thoughts and words.
When we expand this to a team view, The Conscious Leadership Group gives us a rich view of what an authentic team looks like compared to a pseudo team. The authentic team can be characterized as one that takes responsibility for its actions, shows compassion, fosters open communication, and is creative. By contrast, a pseudo team contains a lot of judgment, complaining, secret meetings, micromanaging, and a resulting loss of creativity and engagement.
As you consider your current professional situation, where are you in the spectrum of authenticity – are you being true to yourself and is your team thriving? Let me know in the comments.