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Performance Vs Trust


Dr. Herminia Ibarra




Dr. Herminia Ibarra examines the concept of authenticity in leadership and its impact on growth and development. Using vivid examples, she demonstrates the challenges individuals face when transitioning to new roles and the importance of adopting flexible strategies to navigate unfamiliar territories successfully.


So I think we have reached peak authentic. I've been plotting how often the word authenticity appears in the business press, either in headlines or lead paragraphs, and this is what it looks like, an upwards line. It's tripled over the last 10 years. If you go on, you can buy. About 20,000 books on how to be more authentic.

If you Google it, you'll get about 4 million workshops you can choose from on how to be yourself. So you know, from my point of view, clearly we have a problem if we have to spend so much money just to be ourselves. But the cost as I see it, is not just to our pocket books.

I've come to conclude, uh, that the way we think about authenticity poses a real danger to our capacity to grow and learn.

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