Authenticity and Diversity: The new norm of consistency
In an increasingly changing world, Authentic and purposeful leadership continues to gain momentum. The way I look at it, in organizations we have always looked for consistency. We have used proven leadership models to build capabilities and create consistency of behaviors across leaders. But as our context continues to evolve and get more varied, diversity is becoming as important as consistency. So our need for consistency is now being met through authenticity i.e. consistency within the self while diversity with the others.
I have understood Authenticity to be more aware of who you are and practicing that more consistently so it’s clear how you relate with others as ‘you’. We know what it’s like to use model behaviors to fit the norm, become similar to others and that has allowed us to ‘fit in’ and relate. It’s an interesting journey to understand more of yourself and using that distinctly to ‘fit in’ as a piece of jigsaw puzzle – each one different from others.
I have also grappled with the concept of honesty within Authenticity and where I have got to is Authenticity has more to do with ‘being real’ than ‘being right or honest’. It comes with its own imperfections but as long as it creates consistency, it creates more acceptance and followership than perfection or honesty. Thoughts?