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When authenticity should not be a thing

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“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 leadership, 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.

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