This article was originally posted on CEOWORLD in July 2019.
A wise person once said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” This is such an obvious and simple statement, yet so many of us struggle with being our authentic selves. We pretend to be someone else to guard against our insecurities or perceived inadequacies.
But when a person—especially a leader—is inauthentic, others notice. And the consequences can be dire. Your people will not trust, like, or admire you. Engagement and productivity will likely suffer.