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Authenticity:

Building a culture that allows everyone to be themselves

Modules

  • Being true to ourselves
  • Aligning beliefs & actions
  • Wearing masks at work
  • To Fit vs. To Belong

Introduction

Being true to ourselves

We could start this report by discussing how being authentic in different situations benefits all areas of our lives, but if we’re really going to dive into these issues, assuming that we are authentic is perhaps the wrong place to start.

On the contrary, understanding that there is something about us that is not – or was not – completely authentic within a group of friends, colleagues, partners or family is, surely, the best indication that we are really trying to be ourselves. To understand that there is a “self” that is not so real or true with some people, it is necessary to do our homework and ask ourselves -consciously or unconsciously- the undoubtedly uncomfortable question, who am I?

Maybe that’s why we often answer this question on autopilot. If someone asks who you are, you probably have an automatic response or, at least, have identified a couple of personal traits that you can use to answer. It would be very impractical to carry out an autobiographical review to find out who you are each time this question is asked.

First of all, we want to start by putting a fork in the road of self-knowledge and personal authenticity.

Your true self or true to yourself?

There are those who think that we have a set of characteristics that make us behave in a certain way, these characteristics are unchangeable and define us as people.

  • What makes me me, and not someone else?
  • Is there any fundamental and permanent truth about me that sets me apart from the rest?
  • Is there a real version of me that I should be authentic to?

On the other hand, there is the other side of the coin that suggests that our personality is something that is being built day by day according to our environment and experiences.

  • Are we being honest about who we are today?
  • Are we aware of the changes in terms of preferences/tastes/ways of thinking that have taken place over time?

Too much to process? Perfect, we need a little bit of philosophy. We believe that both approaches can help us in different aspects of our journey to self-knowledge.

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