009: The Power of Authenticity | Featuring Dave Stachowiak

by Jesse Lahey on October 25, 2012

The Power of Authenticity

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Authenticity has become a buzzword. Everyone seems to know that a leader needs to be authentic in order to engage employees and other stakeholders, but what does that really mean?

Authenticity. It sounds simple and easy. But it’s not.

To explore the deceivingly simple topic of authenticity, Jesse is joined by special guest Dave Stachowiak, Ed.D., host of the popular podcast Coaching for Leaders. Together, Dave and Jesse wrestle with thorny questions, such as:

  • What is authenticity?
  • Why is it important for a leader to be authentic?
  • Is it possible to be too authentic, to reveal too much?
  • Can getting too specific about “warts and wrinkles” mis-portray you as having less credibility than you actually have?
  • Is there a difference between “wearing a mask” and “stepping into a role”?
  • Can an introvert be authentic and still be a leader, or does leadership require acting like an extrovert?

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

For more from Dave Stachowiak, listen to the Coaching for Leaders podcast and follow him on twitter.

Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz by Frank J. Barrett

TED talk called The Power of Vulnerability, by researcher Brene Brown

Read the 3 Risks of Authentic Leadership post 

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  • I like the picture. I feel like that sometimes, minus the tattoo. Remove jewelry and such. That balance of showing yourself, but not wanting to as you put it, picturing your pastor using the restroom. Sometimes I have seen age/ethnicity be something that stops people from wanted to know to much. As business is changing as people are becoming less than cogs, but gears I think we need to show that we are real people more. Although there are exceptions. I watched a video with Seth Godin the other day saying how he decided to not talk about his personal life too much. As more people are showing who they are they show their family and talk about their spouse at that is appealing. It allows others to know that they are more than their job, although I do see why people felt uncomfortable with Dave having a picture of his child up on the sight.
    Thank you Jesse and Dave.

    K, bye

    • Christopher, I would be interested in seeing that video of Seth. If you have the reference handy, feel free to point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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