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"Authenticity" Blog Posts

February 16, 2022

How Authentic Should You Be at Work?

There are infinite ways to be authentic. And organizations need to make us all feel safe to be ourselves. But we should also take an honest look at the impact of our authenticity

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October 20, 2021

How to Be a Great Leader – Mind Tools Expert Voices

We weren’t friends with him. He was still our boss. But we all saw his empathic and supportive behavior in action. It brought us together as a team – firmly behind him as our leader

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May 14, 2020

Leading Beyond the Ego: Putting Others First

I used to spend a lot of time with leaders. In my previous career as a political reporter, I followed prime ministers and presidents to various corners of the globe. I asked them questions and wrote down their answers. On occasion, I sipped champagne in their gardens. Some of them dazzled me with their power […]

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May 16, 2019

Great Pretender – Are You Free to Be Yourself at Work?

Have you ever received the career advice: "just be yourself"? We’re often told to bring our "whole selves" to work, and to be authentic in order to achieve satisfaction, improve productivity, create diverse and inclusive workplaces, and feel happier. Yet most of us would probably admit to being "Great Pretenders" sometimes. I asked my colleagues […]

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November 30, 2017

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Find Out What It Means to Me)

You'd think that respect is a timeless value that needs no explanation. But there have been large shifts in what it looks like in the workplace over recent years. For example, not so many years ago, male managers would likely have expected to be addressed as "Mr.," while their team members might have accepted sexual […]

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November 2, 2017

The Seven Key Qualities of a Magnetic Leader

There are lots of reasons why talented people move from one job to another – more money, better opportunities, greater responsibility. But one key reason that is often forgotten is the appeal or "magnetism" that senior managers have to prospective employees. This is the idea behind Roberta Chinsky Matuson's new book, "The Magnetic Leader." In […]

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July 13, 2017

How to Strike the Right Note in a Negotiation

Unlike a lot of expert negotiators, Corey Kupfer doesn't believe in using persuasion techniques or clever wordplay when he enters into a negotiation. You won't find him mirroring his opponent's gestures to lull them into acquiescence, or inventing competing bidders to gain an advantage. That's because, during his 30 years as a professional negotiator, he's observed […]

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July 11, 2016

You're a Genius

Are we born with certain abilities or can we acquire them through deliberate practice? Myles Downey has a theory about this nurture/nature question of genius. For him, the debate points directly to a tradition of powerful people seeking to retain their authority. A keen tennis player himself, he explains this with a metaphor from the world […]

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April 12, 2016

What Qualities Do You Look for in a Leader?

"Managers are people who do things right, leaders are people who do the right thing." – Warren Bennis, author and leadership expert. Chances are, you've experienced working with both good and bad leaders. You may have been inspired by a great leader's vision, and been motivated by his or her passion and commitment to achieving […]

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April 8, 2016

Who Can Afford to be Authentic?

Over a long and varied career, there have been occasions when I've been troubled by crises of conscience. They were the times when I wanted to march into the boss's office, deliver a scathing diatribe against the organization's behavior or culture, turn on my heel, and stalk out, never to return. But I didn't. I […]

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