5 responses to “Sharing your Authentic Self”

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  2. Mark

    Thank you for this wonderful post. One of my great life lessons relates to this. I was struggling at a former employer – great results, poor relationships – and decided to work with a coach. He asked me what was important to me. I spoke about my family, values, and spirituality. He then asked how much of that I shared at work. The answer stunned me: almost none. I had been afraid no one would “get it” and so had withheld the things that mattered most to me from colleagues. No wonder my work relationships were shallow!

  3. linda ferguson

    mark – Thanks for this post. I love the ‘aha’ you had from your coach’s question.
    So, I’m curious- did you go back and share some of your authentic self with your co-workers? If so, what was their response? Do you feel more comfortable now to share your values and deeper self with your co-workers?

  4. Mark

    hi Linda – well, I only told half the story. I have indeed become much more comfortable with sharing myself. However, I also discovered that I could no longer work at that particular company in good faith. So I left, moved to Boulder, started a consulting and coaching practice, and have devoted myself to helping others find their authenticity by sharing mine. It helps to be in a place like Boulder, where Naropa offers a wonderful course titled, appropriately, “Authentic Leadership.” It’s an ongoing journey, and very gratifying. Next up: some work with Arbinger Institute.

  5. Mark

    hi Linda – well, I only told half the story. I have indeed become much more comfortable with sharing myself. However, I also discovered that I could no longer work at that particular company in good faith. So I left, moved to Boulder, started a consulting and coaching practice, and have devoted myself to helping others find their authenticity by sharing mine. It helps to be in a place like Boulder, where Naropa offers a wonderful course titled, appropriately, “Authentic Leadership.” It’s an ongoing journey, and very gratifying. Next up: some work with Arbinger Institute. I realize now that I will forever be work-in-process, and that’s just fine with me.

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