Authenticity: An Essential Aspect of Leadership & Inclusion

This week we were grateful to have Ritu Bhasin of bhasin consulting inc. lead our first of three 2017 Leadership Symposium. Ritu is a globally-recognized expert on leadership and inclusion and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of “Authentic Leadership.”

Ritu’s explanations for why we behave in certain ways and how we can improve our relationships just by being more authentic to our true selves are eye-opening. She shares that authenticity is the foundation on which we build inclusion and therefore is essential to our success as individuals and as leaders. Here are some highlights from Ritu’s presentation for those of you who missed it.

Ritu’s “Authenticity Principle” focuses on the importance of Knowing Yourself, Embracing Yourself and Being Yourself. All three of these are key to success in your personal life, as well as your professional life, and help you to:

– Feel better about yourself;

– Find clarity, meaning and purpose in how you live, work and lead;

– Bring a spirit of authenticity to your interactions;

– Invite others to practice authenticity;

– Build more meaningful relationships;

– Help to create more empowered, engaged, innovative and inclusive organizations.

Ritu described “The Three Selves” or the three different ways we present ourselves:

The Authentic Self – how you would show up if there were no negative consequences for your actions.

The Adapted Self – how you show up when you willingly choose to alter your behavior from how your Authentic Self would act, to meet your needs and others’ needs.

The Performing Self – how you show up when you feel you don’t have a choice but to conform and mask who you are.

Ritu advises that the more we can commit to our authentic and adapted selves and share more of ourselves, the more our differences can be embraced and our relationships improved. The less we conform and the less we mask who we are in our behavior and our appearance, the more successful and fulfilled we are.

To learn more about this fascinating topic, individuals from Champion and Leader Member companies and firms have access to a recording of Ritu’s presentation in the Member Resource Center for the next month. Advocate Members, should contact Eliza Musallam for more information on registration.

We also recommend that you check out Ritu’s new book, The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences, and Transform How You Live, Work, and Lead which is now available for pre-order and will be released in October.

Our Leadership Symposium is a three-part series open to executives and talent professionals who focus on diversity and inclusion, professional development, human resources, and recruiting — anyone who is ready to move from high potential to high performance!

Don’t miss Part 2 and Part 3 of our 2017 Leadership Symposium:

– “Ready to be a Thought Leader?” Featuring– Denise Brosseau, CEO of Thought Leadership Lab (10/24)

– “Developing Your Own Personal Leadership Plan” Featuring– Manar Morales, President & CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance (11/5)