009: The Power of Authenticity | Featuring Dave Stachowiak

by Jesse Lahey on October 25, 2012

The Power of Authenticity


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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