What is it? It’s the lack of Authenticity.
Last week I had an opportunity to sit and listen to 125 college student leaders from across our state. What I heard was powerful. Here is what I continue to re-learn from our current “Feed Gen,” to Woodstock-Boomers, and all the way back to David in the Psalms: authenticity has an irresistible gravitational pull. Authenticity is difficult to define; it’s a little like pornography, “you know it when you see it.”
It got me thinking, what are the clues to real authenticity?
- Authenticity is rooted in time. I’m not sure I can be authentic when I’m in a rush. Deeper questions, longer eye contact and real empathy can only be created with quality time.
- Authenticity is passionate about the truth embraced and accepted within myself. Have you ever met a person who is simply “ok” with themselves?
- Authenticity gives the “all in” permission to a few close relationships. When “all in” permission is practiced with a “few,” authenticity is contagious in a crowd. See video above as example.
- Authenticity is similar to humility; once we think we are humble, we are not.
- Authenticity is more about the awareness of others and less about the awareness of myself – although it’s a balance.
I’m still convinced the greatest indicator of our authenticity is our ability to give those close to us permission to speak truth into our lives or brands. Let me ask, “When was the last time a team member/teenager/customer asked you a question that rocked your world?” Authenticity is created when you give people permission to speak into your life.