WHY DOES AUTHENTICITY MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?

Authenticity is our ability to be our genuine selves, staying true to our values and beliefs, while still adapting to the world around us. Authenticity comes from having actions that match the words we say and not trying to be someone else to impress others. Authenticity helps us to feel confident in ourselves and it improves others ability to trust us, a characteristic highly valued in leaders. It also helps us create strong friendships and is a very important part of wellbeing.

 

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF AUTHENTICITY

  1. Improves self respect and self esteem
  2. Increases your comfort in sharing your true thoughts and beliefs
  3. Improves emotional stability
  4. Genuine smiles (over polite smiles) improve our social interactions
  5. Improves our trustworthiness
  6. Improves overall wellbeing
  7. Helps us stand up for what we think is right, which reduces bullying

Themes:

  • Practicing what you preach
  • Knowing what you can and cannot change
  • Doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking
  • Not worrying about what others think more than what you think
  • Knowing your true feelings and having the courage to share them
  • Questioning stereotypes
  • Being your true self whether that means you are different or the same as others
  • Standing up for what is right
  • Self-confidence