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September 19, 2003

COACHING TIP OF THE WEEK
September 19, 2003

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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"What we're all striving for is authenticity, a spirit-to-spirit connection."

- Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine
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BEING AUTHENTIC
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"Being authentic is knowing ourselves and being ourselves as we engage with others in the activity of leadership -- no playing roles, no acting, no fulfilling the expectations of others. We are actually and exactly who we are. Nothing false, nothing imitative, nothing imaginary. Being authentic means not hiding behind a mask, not faking what we think or feel, not using spin to promote a sanitized version of the truth. Being authentic is living with honesty and integrity. It is being transparent and congruent, matching inner reality with its outward expression (Moxley, 2000, p. 126)."

Reference: Moxley, R. (2000). Leadership and spirit: breathing new vitality and energy into individuals and organizations.
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Provided by Beth Flynn of Ohio State University Leadership
Center who can be reached at flynn.61@osu.edu.
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COACHING CALL TO ACTION
BEING AUTHENTIC
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1. This week answer the question -- Am I being authentic?


2. If there are areas that you are not being authentic, what will you do to be authentic?

3. Determine how you will know that you are being authentic (how others respond, how you feel, etc.) and check out your results.

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