“Authentic” has been a buzzword for a while now.
Here are a few reasons why being authentic isn’t always the best policy:
1. You could stymie yourself. Trying to be the true you? If you try too hard to be true to yourself and not change, you could inhibit your own growth as a leader and hold yourself back.
2. You could lose credibility. Sometimes a bit of vulnerability can be good. But if you shout for a life preserver at a time when your team is relying on you to show strength and, you may fail in that role.
3. You might start rationalizing failure. If “authenticity” becomes a cover for poor results, your style, your way of doing things and your mindset could prevent your team from winning.
4. You could make bad decisions. Relying on value-based choices rather than decisions rooted in data can get you into trouble. This could lead you astray.
— Adapted from “5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Yourself At Work,” Jenna Goudreau, Business Insider.