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The Art of Authenticity
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The Art of Authenticity
Tools to Become an Authentic Leader and Your Best Self
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Leverage your authentic self into a valuable leadership strategy

The Art of Authenticity is a guide to becoming a better leader by achieving your best self. All people bring different sides of themselves to various situations. This book will show you how to broaden and deepen your effectiveness by presenting the most appropriate side of yourself. Dr. Karissa Thacker is the management psychologist called on by over two hundred Fortune 500 companies to work with high potential leaders. This book provides you with her expert guidance, based on validated psychological research and artful application of psychological principles to actual business situations, to help you become an authentic leader. You'll learn how to lead through reflection, action, and conscious choice, and how to maintain your guiding principles while effectively leading your team. By replacing habitual reactions with authentic ones, you'll find that you're modeling good behavior and effective decision-making—and that authenticity is contagious. This guide equips you with the tools and skills you need to be the catalyst of positive change your organization needs.

How do you remain authentic while being an effective leader? This book argues that the question isn't a duality. Authenticity is the best way to lead, and the only way to maintain sustainable success as an organization. This insightful guide shows you how to find your authentic self, and leverage that into an effective, executable leadership strategy.

  • Become authentic in a way that befits your values
  • Show loyalty, honesty, ethics, and consideration
  • Maintain authenticity in leadership roles
  • Make conscious choices instead of blind reactions
  • Some are born to lead, other must be taught, but all leaders must work to retain their own values and basic sense of self. A simple pause can mean the difference between a knee-jerk reaction and an authentic decision, and the effects ripple throughout your organization. The Art of Authenticity is your guidebook to finding the true authentic leader within, and leading from the inside out for the long haul.

     

    Leverage your authentic self into a valuable leadership strategy

    The Art of Authenticity is a guide to becoming a better leader by achieving your best self. All people bring different sides of themselves to various situations. This book will show you how to broaden and deepen your effectiveness by presenting the most appropriate side of yourself. Dr. Karissa Thacker is the management psychologist called on by over two hundred Fortune 500 companies to work with high potential leaders. This book provides you with her expert guidance, based on validated psychological research and artful application of psychological principles to actual business situations, to help you become an authentic leader. You'll learn how to lead through reflection, action, and conscious choice, and how to maintain your guiding principles while effectively leading your team. By replacing habitual reactions with authentic ones, you'll find that you're modeling good behavior and effective decision-making—and that authenticity is contagious. This guide equips you with the tools and skills you need to be the catalyst of positive change your organization needs.

    How do you remain authentic while being an effective leader? This book argues that the question isn't a duality. Authenticity is the best way to lead, and the only way to maintain sustainable success as an organization. This insightful guide shows you how to find your authentic self, and leverage that into an effective, executable leadership strategy.

  • Become authentic in a way that befits your values
  • Show loyalty, honesty, ethics, and consideration
  • Maintain authenticity in leadership roles
  • Make conscious choices instead of blind reactions
  • Some are born to lead, other must be taught, but all leaders must work to retain their own values and basic sense of self. A simple pause can mean the difference between a knee-jerk reaction and an authentic decision, and the effects ripple throughout your organization. The Art of Authenticity is your guidebook to finding the true authentic leader within, and leading from the inside out for the long haul.

     

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    About the Author-
    • Karissa Thacker is the founder and president of Strategic Performance Solutions, Inc., a management-consulting firm focused on creating innovative solutions in the space of human performance and satisfaction at work. She is a widely respected management psychologist who has served as a consultant for over 200 Fortune 500 companies including UPS, Best Buy, and AT&T. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware.

    Table of Contents-
    • PREFACE xi

      Part I A New Vision of Authenticity 1

      Chapter 1 The Digital Era of Freedom and Fear 3

      The Call to Authenticity 4

      On Becoming More Authentic 5

      The Particular Challenges of Now and How Did We Get Here? 8

      The Dawn of the Digital Age 11

      Digital Era = Fear + Freedom 14

      Responding to the Challenges of Freedom and Fear 15

      The Workouts 16

      Chapter 2 Signature Contributions vs. Conformity 18

      Celebrate Your Quirks 20

      The More Experiments the Better 22

      The Upside of Your Weaknesses 25

      Meaning Matters 28

      The Workouts 32

      Chapter 3 Truth, Lies, and Authenticity 33

      Seeing the Multiple Choice Questions 34

      Killing the Dead Bug View of Truth 35

      Big Fat Whoppers and Sweet Little Lies 40

      The Truth About Authenticity 44

      The Workouts 46

      Part II The Science of Authenticity 49

      Chapter 4 Followers Beware . . . of Charisma 51

      The Perceived Power of Charisma 52

      Two Flavors of Charisma 55

      Conversations That Matter 58

      The Authenticity Continuum 67

      The Workouts 68

      Chapter 5 Self-Awareness or Is It Selves Awareness? 70

      Selves Awareness and the Case of the Bossy CFO 71

      Are You a Chameleon? 74

      Fixed Traits, Free Traits, and Real People 78

      The Ideal Self, the Current Self, and Lots in Between 81

      The Workouts 83

      Chapter 6 Balanced Processing and Collaborative Decision Making 85

      What Is Balanced Processing? 86

      Get in Balanced Processing Gear or Not 89

      Three Tricky Words for Leaders 91

      Hire a Brilliant Antagonist or Three 93

      Know and Own All Your Biases 95

      Have a Big Ego and Put It on the Shelf 99

      The Workouts 101

      Chapter 7 Relational Transparency and Honest Conversations 102

      The Value of Honest Conversation 104

      Transparency That Creates Business Results 105

      Emotional Transparency Matters, Too 107

      The Myth of Total Transparency 109

      The Age of Transparency 111

      General Practical Rules of the Transparency Road 113

      The Challenge of Transparency 116

      The Workouts 117

      Chapter 8 Internalized Moral Perspective/An Active, Unique GPS System 118

      Prisons, Orderly Stages, and Elephants 122

      Putting Up Psychological Guardrails 129

      The One Thing 131

      The Workouts 132

      Part III The Master Class 133

      Chapter 9 The Centrality of Conscious Choice 135

      Debunking Popeye’s Version of Authenticity 137

      The Reality of Authenticity 139

      Choosing Authentic Action 140

      Choose to Experiment 142

      Choose to Notice the Novel 144

      In Closing 146

      The Workouts 147

      Chapter 10 How to Read Culture Like an Anthropologist 149

      Practical Anthropology Via iPhone 150

      Is the Organization Working to Be More Authentic? 154

      Figuring Out Fit 155

      The Mind-Set of a Corporate Anthropologist 157

      The Workouts 164

      Chapter 11 How to Make Peace with Paradox 166

      Who Are You (Really)? 171

      Three Selves That Won’t Magically Align 173

      Authentic Leadership Is a State of Mind 175

      The Workouts 180

      Chapter 12 How to Ferociously Seek the Truth (When Everyone Is Framing and Spinning) 182

      The Truth Serum Question 184

      The Trust Meter Is Always Running 188

      In Search of a Virtue Buzz 192

      Self-Defining Moments 197

      The Workouts 198

      Conclusion 199

      NOTES 201

      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 209

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