by Alice Bell
Originally published: March 2016
Herminia Ibarra, economist and leadership author, commented on authenticity in leadership in The Authenticity Paradox
“Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact.”
Many of us often struggle with feeling inauthentic during periods of transition, because a promotion, or new job or any professional change can trigger “imposter syndrome” and feelings of inadequacy. Read: How to let go and move on: Making the best of life’s transitions.
Ibarra says that people view their true self as something fixed and unchanging, and stick to their comfort zone because it feels easy for them to act authentically when they aren’t being challenged. Read: Taking a Look at the Comfort Zone In fact, she says, you grow and evolve with each change in your external circumstances, and learning always involves behavior which feels unnatural at first.