How to excel as an authentic leader

12/12/2012 | Harvard Business Review online

If a leader pretends to be someone he or she is not, eventually subordinates will realize it, writes Charalambos A. Vlachoutsicos, an adjunct professor at Athens University in Greece. However, authenticity doesn't mean shooting from the hip and saying whatever one pleases. "Authenticity, then, is about giving a message about your true self -- one you must continually shape and deliver by thoughtfully choosing your words and behaviors to suit the people you interact with and the specific purpose at hand," he writes.

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