Know thy self - the power of being authentic in business.

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

This phrase was inscribed many moons ago in the Inner Chamber of Luxor Temple, Upper Egypt. Today it’s often used to stress how knowing who you are is vital as a starting point for improving performance in business.

In ‘True North’ Harvard Business School Professor Bill George says ‘being genuine, real and true to how you are’ is the essence of a great leader.

It’s about being authentic. How authentic are you?

As we’ve seen this week with a well-loved UK TV presenter it takes courage to be yourself. It has taken me years to finally realise that it was OK to be me, I am who I am. As a high functioning business professional, I often hid what I really thought ... wanting to be part of the crowd or tribe instead of rocking the boat with a different idea or point of view. Businesses and teams need people who see the world a bit differently, we need diversity, we need different skills, knowledge, and perspective to improve our performance.

As a side note being something you’re not is also a massive waste of energy.

The definition of Authentic is ‘of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine.’

Be unique, be you, be incredible. Remember the world is going to be a better place because you are in it.

You can find out more about authentic leadership in this article.


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