By being authentic, you may just be conforming
from Harvard Business Review
In this age of authentic leadership, originality is at a premium and people perceive imitation as more fakery than flattery. The thing is, authenticity itself has become a performance — and an exercise in conformity. Take, for instance, the speeches we are used to hearing from North American and, increasingly, European senior executives. They've become more personal in recent years, but also more staged. Typically the speaker starts with an anecdote, preferably about a difficult experience that tested the executive and forged his or her leadership values.
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