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Authenticity: just enough

I am certified to run Why Should Anyone Be Lead by You, researched by Goffee and Jones of London Business School. It is based on what it takes for leaders to make followers, and one of their principles is Authenticity. 

But they are not advocating total transparency. They say 

Know and show yourself enough.

This article outlines the perils of bringing too much of yourself to work and revealing too much of your trials and tributions. And listen to this Shane Parrish / Adam Grant podcast about showing your weaknesses relating to psychological safety.

And in this interesting podcast interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer (whose book Power is a real eye-opener) he makes a case for organisations taking responsibility for the stress they visit on their teams, but as an aside almost, he cautions against using

authenticity as an excuse to not change

You can find some of the quotable quotes from Pfeffer’s Power here.

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