Find Your Authentic Self

  • Share
  • Read Later

No one likes to work with someone who is a fake. For people to trust that you’re being genuine, they need to know where you stand. Here are two ways to be sure you’re being true to yourself and connecting with others:

  • Have a point of view. Know your stances on major work issues and be open and willing to engage in conversations about them. To have leadership presence, others need and want to know where you stand — they don’t want to have to guess or be blindsided midstream.
  • Be transparent about your position. Know the difference between navigating the political waters of your organization and actually becoming the politics itself. Get support for your initiatives but be clear about what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how you are doing it.

Adapted from “To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself,” by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins.

Visit Harvard Business Review’s Management Tip homepage

Purchase the HBR Management Tips book


Authentic Self -- that seems to be the new buzz word. It means being your true self. In order to realize and understand who your true self is, you have to start by thinking about your own life. Once you discover who your authentic self is, you will not only feel happier but more at peace and more energized. You can start to make changes in your life that allow you to be this person. Face your fears and start your journey to being your authentic self. You will be amazed at how your life is richer and happier. Set yourself free to be.