Welcome to Week 9 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!
In last week’s post we discussed why simply being ourselves can be a challenge. Have you started to notice when yourself and others are being authentic versus in your “persona”?
Here is a brief overview of the seven practices of authenticity. As we practice these we rewire our brains to keep returning to authenticity and aliveness. Each practice offers actionable tools and experiments to be applied immediately so you, the explorer-scientist-leader, can learn as you go.
- Befriend Your Body. Our bodies have greater intelligence than our brains alone. When we connect with our bodies, we use our intuition, posture, and breath to be more centered as we make decisions.
- Stay Curious. Staying curious helps us get to know ourselves as we shift who we are being in each moment and over time. We learn about how to stay curious with others, listening and engaging deeply and how to adapt more quickly in fast-changing environments.
- Let Go. To return to our authenticity, we have to let go of all that we are not. Recognize and let go of the judgements, fears, and “shoulds”.
- Give Yourself an A. This practice is about appreciating ourselves completely, including our flaws. It’s very hard to be ourselves if we aren’t comfortable with who we are.
- Choose Be before Do. This practice enables us to take a step back to decide who we want to be that most inspires us in this moment and then act from that place of being.
- Face the Dragon. This practice is about learning how to act in the face of discomfort. To rewire our brains for greater authenticity, we must practice behaviors that cause discomfort, have difficult conversations, and take action despite our fears.
- Dance with the Dream. This means engaging with and moving toward that which brings us greatest aliveness and puts us in flow. It is about engaging our sense of purpose, talents, and creativity so we can be more inspired, resilient and creative.
This Week’s Tool:
Have you taken the authenticity assessment? If you haven’t, now’s the time, to see where you stand on your own authenticity. If you have, now is a good time to retake the assessment and see where your focus areas should be as we get into the seven practices.