Putting on an act at work is exhausting and it dulls your creative spirit. As a result, you might feel as though you’re letting yourself down, or being a fraud.
Those who are their authentic selves at work really shine, and they are happier and more productive.
Candice Galek writes for Inc on the four ways to be your authentic self at work, and how you can benefit from it.
- Know who you are: Who are you? What keeps you going? What are your goals? It’s only when you have the answers to the big questions that you will be comfortable with yourself. Once you are comfortable with yourself, you will be more confident in your workplace and in your life.
- Remember that an original is worth more than an imitation: An imitation is always a weak version of the real thing. You are better off being yourself, whoever you are, than trying to be someone else. Nobody does you better than you.
- Everyone is wrong sometimes: Authentic leaders are honest and admit it when they have made a mistake. They are quick to apologise when they are wrong and then put all their energy into rectifying the situation. When leaders admit to their errors, it sets a good example for others to do the same.
- An honest workplace is an effective workplace: When you are honest with yourself and others, others will be encouraged to be more open too. It also breeds kindness among coworkers, as well as understanding and tolerance.
You were probably hired because of the qualities that are unique to you, and those things make you a vital part of the team. Following this advice will make your workplace a far more pleasant place to be.