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The Art of Authenticity: Tools to Become an Authentic Leader and Your Best Self Hardcover – March 7, 2016
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Being more authentic may be the key to reaching your external dreams and achieving internal well-being. But, being an authentic leader is more than making the right ethical decision. It is a daily choice to do the work to fully be yourself so, when the pressure is high, you are in shape to step up and say the unique contribution that will produce success. The Art of Authenticity is the meaningful guide to becoming a better leader by achieving your best self.
Written to inspire everyone in the shared struggle to be true to oneself and meet business goals, this research-based guidebook sheds light on an action plan for making more mindful and conscious choices that open up possibilities for being both authentic and successful when making small, everyday decisions. Insightful examinations into the value of being authentic reveal an immediately useful psychological model of authenticity that enables you to replace habitual reactions with authentic ones that stand by your personal values, while still making effective business decisions. Illustrative case studies of real-world companies bring the psychological theories to life, and motivating "workouts" at the end of every chapter mentor you through purposeful exercises that transition you into using the framework in your real-world leadership role. Conveniently organized to be an effective learning tool as well as a quick reference, this complete resource equips you with the hands-on techniques and psychological finesse to be the influencer of positive change your organization needs. In today's globalized world, being authentic is a powerful, adaptive trait all of tomorrow's top leaders will possess, and this book prepares you to be one by:
- Providing a reliable checklist of red flags to look for when determining if a leader is authentic or just charismatic
- Offering concrete steps and guidance for developing greater self awareness
- Detailing successful strategies for blending two different thought processes without bias toward your point of view
- Examining why it matters that morality is primarily driven by gut reactions and not cognition
- And more
The Art of Authenticity shows you the way to broaden and deepen the potency of your leadership by presenting your most authentic self in every decision you make.
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An effective, executable leadership strategy based on the real you
"Today's employees value a strong company culture of honesty, transparency, and collaboration more than ever, and the connection between leadership behaviors and a company's culture is in- extricable. Karissa's book provides insight into the leadership qualities needed to create a great work environment and to build a strong culture of employee engagement that leads to success."
MARY LASCHINGER, Chairman and CEO, Veritiv
"Karissa's take on authenticity is both thought provoking and practical. She demystifies what authenticity is, and importantly what it is not, relative to leadership. This is a straightforward book about the hard work it takes to become a true authentic leader, but it's also about the rewards of making that investment."
MARK SUTTON, Chairman and CEO, International Paper
"Leaders need to get wiser about authenticity. Karissa gets it, and her book The Art of Authenticity will help you get it, too! She is one of the best story tellers of our time and brings the learnings from data-driven research to life, using real stories about real leaders in a conversational tone that has you on the edge of your seat, grasping for how each example applies to your own experiences and leadership style."
KEN FENOGLIO, VP, AT&T University
"In The Art of Authenticity, Karissa Thacker does not only write about authenticity, she artfully exemplifies it. Science, storytelling, theory, and practicethis book has all the ingredients to help you become a better leader, and a better person."
TAL BEN-SHAHAR, Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of The Wholebeing Institute, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier TV and bestselling author
"A conceptual understanding of authenticity lacks the impact of authenticity in action. In The Art of Authenticity, Dr. Karissa Thacker keeps it real, weaving together broad and deep science, relatable case studies, and thought-provoking exercises to create a practical path for genuineness. Rather than vague notions and lofty platitudes, this book dives deep into the complex nuances of true authenticity. Read it if you want to be who you areand then grow into even more."
MEGAN McDONOUGH, co-founder and CEO, Wholebeing Institute
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