Authentic Leadership and Being Authentic – What does that mean anyway?

You find a brilliant, philosophical, and humorous answer to that question in the article below. 

For my executive coaching clients, I prefer a more practical approach: Yes, I strongly believe that you need to be authentic as a leader to be successful.

First and foremost, that means not trying to be someone who you are not. If you are an introvert by nature, don't try to act like a Steve Jobs. If you are a gentle person, don't try to show up as a drill sergeant, just because you think your environment requires that. People will feel quickly when you just act the part, and that doesn't go down well. People will equally feel when you are being true to yourself, and that is a recipe to build trust.

Being authentic also means that you can and should be vulnerable. It does not mean you need to show your dark side at all times...