2. Authenticity Dilemmas in the Workplace
• “I want to succeed, but I feel I have to give up too much of myself to
• “I feel like I can’t really express my point of view because it won’t be
• “My work is just a paycheck. I feel disconnected and burned out.”
• “What I value isn’t really valued in my workplace.”
• “What is the right balance between being myself and adapting to the
What is an authenticity dilemma you face?
3. What is Authentic Leadership?
• Authentic leadership is the fullest
expression of ME for the benefit of WE.
• It is a moment-by-moment choice to lead adaptively from our core.
• The authentic self is the intelligence at the core of who we are. It is
the wise part of us that can step back and choose the most appropriate
course of action that serves the greatest good in the moment.
4. • Authentic leaders create engagement. We have a crisis of
engagement. Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged.
• When leaders are rooted in authenticity, it creates
enormous benefits for leaders, those they lead,
and the organization.
5. • Human beings are wired to be authentic.
• Inauthenticity causes stress in our bodies.
• Authentic connections are good for our well-being & immune system.
• Authenticity helps us build deeper connections with others.
• Authenticity creates trust in teams.
• Authentic leaders drive innovation.
Why is workplace authenticity important to you?
6. Why workplace authenticity
can be tough
So, we know that authenticity is needed…
but it is also tough. It requires us to:
• Slow down and connect more deeply with ourselves and with others.
• Get clear about our values & sense of purpose.
• Overcome fears like loss of credibility or not fitting in/being respected.
• Understand what authenticity is – and debunk the myths.
What makes workplace authenticity hard for you?
7. Three Myths about Authentic
• “I am who I am.” - Actually who we are is constantly changing. Most times we are not
even aware of who we are being as we act. To be a more authentic leader we must stay
curious about who we are being NOW, and choose who we’re inspired to be.
• “Authenticity means I must always be consistent in my actions.” Actually our centered,
authentic self is very adaptive to a situation. We can adapt our style, communication,
actions, or behavior while remaining true to our purpose.
• “Authenticity means I must always act from my personal beliefs.” Sometimes our
beliefs can be in conflict with what must be done for the greater good.
Authentic leaders always weigh what they believe versus what is needed
for the greater good.
8. Seven Practices of Authentic
• Authentic leadership is a moment by
• These are the seven practices of
9. Befriend Your Body
Why are our bodies critical to authenticity?
• Neuroscience shows us that changes in posture
change brain chemistry and leadership impact.
• Our state of being is connected to our body. It drives our attitude, our
body language. 94% of communication is non-verbal.
• Body awareness helps us know ourselves: what brings us joy, what
triggers us, what we can do to overcome fears to be more impactful
and authentic leaders.
What regular practice will you commit to in order to
connect with and reduce stress in your body?
10. Stay Curious
Why be curious?
• Curiosity opens the door to creativity, connection,
compassion and to better decision making.
• Curiosity helps us be more effective and adaptive as changes happen.
• Get curious about your strengths, values, energizers, sense of
purpose, weaknesses, saboteur thought patterns, etc.
• Get curious about your external environment to adapt quickly.
What areas would you like be more curious about?
11. Let Go
• We own the vision we create of our best selves.
What is required to be our authentic self is to chip
away at all the parts we think we “should” be - so that
we can be more of ourselves.
• Some areas of letting go are: tension in the body, “shoulds,” limiting
beliefs, trapped emotions, taking things personally, resisting what is,
commitment to be right, and things we can’t control.
Which area of letting go most inspires you?
12. Give Yourself an A
• Giving ourselves an A is about appreciating our
humanity and making peace with our “flaws.”
• Accepting all parts of ourselves as we are gives us greater self-
• When we accept ourselves we have access to a greater range of
behaviors. We are able to be more effective and adaptive across
a range of leadership situations.
What are the situations in your life and leadership
where giving yourself an A would really serve you?
13. Choose BE before DO
• Leadership today requires us to adapt quickly
while maintaining the integrity of who we are.
• Authentic leadership is leading adaptively from our core.
• Choosing Be before Do allows us to adapt quickly
by accessing the different parts of who we already are in order
to be fully effective, adaptable and authentic.
• Ask yourself “Who am I being right now? Am I operating from fear or
from values and inspiration?”
14. Face the Dragon
• In the practice we decide to stare all the imaginary
fire-breathing dragons in the face, and be with our fear, rather than avoid it.
• We decide to act despite that feeling in the pit of our stomachs.
• We choose to tolerate and breathe through our discomfort rather than
• Then we realize that many of our fears are illusions we made up anyway.
In what areas of your life & leadership will this
practice most serve you?
The practice of courage is critical to
15. Dance with the Dream
• Our dream is the spark that makes us feel
most alive, engaged, and energized. It’s linked to personal purpose.
• The pursuit of the dream is a gateway to our self-actualization because
we are more willing to push ourselves outside our comfort zone.
• Dancing with our dream is engaging with it in our workplace so we
feel more energized, engaged and bring more of our gifts to our work.
Who is one small step you will take toward bringing
your dream to work today?
16. Are YOU an Authentic Leader?
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17. Want to bring Authentic Leadership
to your workplace?
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