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The trick of being ‘authentic’

Alicia Fortinberry, co-founder and principal, Fortinberry Murray

22 March 2016

'I want to be my real self,' a female practice group head of a major law firm told me, 'But sometimes I'm not sure what that is. I mean, I'm one way at home and one way at work, and I'm different I suppose at a client presentation or when I'm with a team member I know well. Is one self false? And if I did bring my 'whole self' to work, whatever that is, I don't really believe people would accept it.'

A lot has been written lately about 'authentic leadership' and related topics such as 'bringing your whole self to work'. This is probably because so many of us have lost trust in each other. We feel we can't count on others at work to be honest with us and perhaps we've even lost sight of who we are underneath the ever-increasing demands in the law firm environment about who we should be.
I suspect a lot of us, a lot of the time, feel we're fak...

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