authenticity Quotes

Authenticity is our natural state of being. The authentic self is a state of being where we are centered, creative, adaptive, and inspired.

- Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead

Authentic leadership is a whole body experience. Our bodies have a lot more to teach us about ourselves than our thoughts.

- Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead

Authenticity requires us to slow down. Fast times require us to slow down. To be effective, we need to slow down our pace of thought and action and focus on managing our attention. To be authentic leaders we need to act from intention and choice rather than from habit and impulse.

- Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead

What ever we desire to do should start with authenticity and end with authenticity. This simply means we should be ourselves in every step we take to pursue our dreams. Authenticity is the back bone of every dream that lives inside of us.

- Euginia Herlihy

Most of us think that being authentic is about being true to what we want and who we are, without regard for the impact it has on others. On the contrary, the authentic self is an intelligence at the core of who we are that is inspired, centered, and connected to those we lead. When we are in this centered place of being we are able to choose behavior that serves the greatest good.

- Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead

The biggest mistake people make when trying to be authentic is just that: they try. They see these role models of what an "authentic" person is supposed to look like or act like, and they try to emulate that. Authenticity isn't about what things appear to be. It's about allowing things to be what they are. Authenticity is about getting away from hiding, from wearing a mask, from always asking, "How should I act? What should I say? What will people think?" That includes asking, "How should an authentic person act? What would a genuine person say?"Being authentic isn't about making yourself a certain way. It's not even about finding out what you "really" enjoy as opposed to what other people enjoy, or who you "really" are as opposed to who other people are. Authenticity is allowing your likes, dislikes, personality, appearance, hobbies, and beliefs to be fluid, to change, to evolve as you learn, grow, and experience the world.At its core, authenticity is the practice of surrendering the tiresome task of keeping up appearances and taking up of the lifetime work of allowing what is already within you to come out while you remove as many internal and external obstacles as possible.And who knows what will spill out of you if you just allow it to? Who knows what is within you awaiting recognition, awaiting permission to show itself to the world? Even you don’t know—until you try. Or, rather, until you stop trying. Until you become curious.

- Vironika Tugaleva

Most of us want to be authentic. Yet, we are not who we think we are. We are made up of a rich array of facets and possibilities, many of which we ignore because we label them as “bad”. We create a cardboard cutout image of ourselves to look good to others. The discord between who we are and the image we have to live up to slowly kills our aliveness. When we suppress parts of ourselves, it lowers our mojo, sense of fulfillment, leadership effectiveness and impact in the workplace.

- Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead

one of the central themes associated with developing a sense of authenticity involves inventing plausible narratives of self. For instance, Charles Taylor (1992) argues that the modern desire for authenticity is often prompted by a feeling that our life is shattered and it is difficult, if not impossible, to piece our life together in a meaningful way. He suggests that reclaiming authenticity would entail the provision of a space where we can once again craft coherent narratives that bind our life together.

- André Spicer, Guilty lives: The authenticity trap at work

At the behest of the criterion of authenticity, much that was once thought to make up the very fabric of culture has come to seem of little account, mere fantasy or ritual, or downright falsification. Conversely, much that culture traditionally condemned and sought to exclude is accorded a considerable moral authority by reason of the authenticity claimed for it, for example, disorder, violence, unreason.

- Lionel Trilling, Sincerity and Authenticity

To return to our authenticity, we have to let go of all that we are not. We recognize and let go of the judgments, fears, and “shoulds” that keep us stuck.

- Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.