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The Art of Authenticity. Tools to Become an Authentic Leader and Your Best Self

  • ID: 3329314
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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An effective, executable leadership strategy based on the real you

"Today′s employees value a strong company culture of honesty, transparency, and collaboration more than ever, and the connection between leadership behaviors and a company′s culture is in– extricable. Karissa′s book provides insight into the leadership qualities needed to create a great work environment and to build a strong culture of employee engagement that leads to success."
MARY LASCHINGER, Chairman and CEO, Veritiv

"Karissa′s take on authenticity is both thought provoking and practical. She demystifies what authenticity is, and importantly what it is not, relative to leadership. This is a straightforward book about the hard work it takes to become a true authentic leader, but it′s also about the rewards of making that investment."
MARK SUTTON, Chairman and CEO, International Paper

"Leaders need to get wiser about authenticity. Karissa gets it, and her book The Art of Authenticity will help you get it, too! She is one of the best story tellers of our time and brings the learnings from data–driven research to life, using real stories about real leaders in a conversational tone that has you on the edge of your seat, grasping for how each example applies to your own experiences and leadership style."

"In The Art of Authenticity, Karissa Thacker does not only write about authenticity, she artfully exemplifies it. Science, storytelling, theory, and practice this book has all the ingredients to help you become a better leader, and a better person."
TAL BEN–SHAHAR, Serial entrepreneur and co–founder of The Wholebeing Institute, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier TV and bestselling author

"A conceptual understanding of authenticity lacks the impact of authenticity in action. In The Art of Authenticity, Dr. Karissa Thacker keeps it real, weaving together broad and deep science, relatable case studies, and thought–provoking exercises to create a practical path for genuineness. Rather than vague notions and lofty platitudes, this book dives deep into the complex nuances of true authenticity. Read it if you want to be who you are and then grow into even more."
MEGAN McDONOUGH, co–founder and CEO, Wholebeing Institute

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Part I A New Vision of Authenticity 1

Chapter 1 The Digital Era of Freedom and Fear 3

The Call to Authenticity 4

On Becoming More Authentic 5

The Particular Challenges of Now and How Did We Get Here? 8

The Dawn of the Digital Age 11

Digital Era = Fear + Freedom 14

Responding to the Challenges of Freedom and Fear 15

The Workouts 16

Chapter 2 Signature Contributions vs. Conformity 18

Celebrate Your Quirks 20

The More Experiments the Better 22

The Upside of Your Weaknesses 25

Meaning Matters 28

The Workouts 32

Chapter 3 Truth, Lies, and Authenticity 33

Seeing the Multiple Choice Questions 34

Killing the Dead Bug View of Truth 35

Big Fat Whoppers and Sweet Little Lies 40

The Truth About Authenticity 44

The Workouts 46

Part II The Science of Authenticity 49

Chapter 4 Followers Beware . . . of Charisma 51

The Perceived Power of Charisma 52

Two Flavors of Charisma 55

Conversations That Matter 58

The Authenticity Continuum 67

The Workouts 68

Chapter 5 Self–Awareness or Is It Selves Awareness? 70

Selves Awareness and the Case of the Bossy CFO 71

Are You a Chameleon? 74

Fixed Traits, Free Traits, and Real People 78

The Ideal Self, the Current Self, and Lots in Between 81

The Workouts 83

Chapter 6 Balanced Processing and Collaborative Decision Making 85

What Is Balanced Processing? 86

Get in Balanced Processing Gear or Not 89

Three Tricky Words for Leaders 91

Hire a Brilliant Antagonist or Three 93

Know and Own All Your Biases 95

Have a Big Ego and Put It on the Shelf 99

The Workouts 101

Chapter 7 Relational Transparency and Honest Conversations 102

The Value of Honest Conversation 104

Transparency That Creates Business Results 105

Emotional Transparency Matters, Too 107

The Myth of Total Transparency 109

The Age of Transparency 111

General Practical Rules of the Transparency Road 113

The Challenge of Transparency 116

The Workouts 117

Chapter 8 Internalized Moral Perspective/An Active, Unique GPS System 118

Prisons, Orderly Stages, and Elephants 122

Putting Up Psychological Guardrails 129

The One Thing 131

The Workouts 132

Part III The Master Class 133

Chapter 9 The Centrality of Conscious Choice 135

Debunking Popeye s Version of Authenticity 137

The Reality of Authenticity 139

Choosing Authentic Action 140

Choose to Experiment 142

Choose to Notice the Novel 144

In Closing 146

The Workouts 147

Chapter 10 How to Read Culture Like an Anthropologist 149

Practical Anthropology Via iPhone 150

Is the Organization Working to Be More Authentic? 154

Figuring Out Fit 155

The Mind–Set of a Corporate Anthropologist 157

The Workouts 164

Chapter 11 How to Make Peace with Paradox 166

Who Are You (Really)? 171

Three Selves That Won t Magically Align 173

Authentic Leadership Is a State of Mind 175

The Workouts 180

Chapter 12 How to Ferociously Seek the Truth (When Everyone Is Framing and Spinning) 182

The Truth Serum Question 184

The Trust Meter Is Always Running 188

In Search of a Virtue Buzz 192

Self–Defining Moments 197

The Workouts 198

Conclusion 199





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