Can leaders be excused for “being authentic” when they have offended, belittled or blundered their way through something? I’m sure we have many examples of people who have spoken their minds or behaved in a way that has caused more friction, ripples and strife than it has resolved issues. And yet, the get out clause of, “at least I was true to myself”, or “if being authentic offends you, I’m sorry but that’s just the way I am”, seems to be so easily thrown out as a reason to justify a course of action or to be authentic leadership. Being an authentic leader isn’t just about being yourself, it’s about adding wisdom, insight, sensitivity and awareness to the way you behave and speak. An authentic leader is someone who is bold, candid and honest, as well as being , considerate, selfless and a stand-out role model.
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