Leadership matters. Whilst there are many ways of grappling with leadership, I value the ontological lens and in particular the ontological model of leadership that has been developed and is being taught by Werner Erhard et al. In this post I continue the conversation on being a leader (and leadership) that I started in the last post.
Today, I wish to grapple with authenticity. To grapple with and get authenticity one needs to grapple with human existence (being and doing). And in particular one needs to suspend one’s existing listening (how one thinks of, relates to) of authenticity. Furthermore, it takes courage as the conversation of authenticity/inauthenticity unconceals that which we are committed to keeping hidden. If you are not up for this today then I suggest that you go and do something else. If you are up for the conversation then let’s begin.
At a superficial level, being authentic is being genuine, being real -”the real thing”. Dive into this, grapple with this, and you are likely to find yourself grappling with the question “How does a human being determine when he/she is being genuine, being real?” Put differently, “Genuine/real with regards to what exactly?” Think of it this way, determining whether this iPad before me is a genuine Apple iPad is a different realm of enquiry to determining if I/you are being genuine/real/authentic in the way that I/you show up in the world. Yet we need to ring-fence it if we are to grapple with it. Read the full article at http://www.futurelab.net