Why do leaders today struggle with authenticity?

The word authentic ( from greek “afthentikos”) traditionally referred to any work of art that is original, not a copy. When used to describe leadership, of course, it has other meanings and they can be problematic.

Leaders today struggle with authenticity for several reasons. one is, we make more-frequent and more- radical changes in the kinds of work we do. As we strive to improve our game, a clear and firm sense of self is a compass that helps us navigate choices and progress toward our goals. But when  we’re looking to change our game, a too rigid self-concept becomes an anchor that keeps us from sailing forth.

What is authenticity?

Being true to yourself, maintaining strict coherence between what you think,  feel and what say or do, and making values-based choices.