Authenticity has received a great deal of focus in the workplace over recent times.
What does it mean and how does it relate to your career development?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines authenticity as “the quality of being authentic; being in accordance with fact; being genuine; being real.” When it comes to considering your job search strategy, it is important to give thought to what this means for you.
Why? Getting clear on ‘you’ will ensure you follow the right path and make career choices that work for you, long term. You will also be better placed to share these goals with others.
Where to start? By being honest about who you are, what you have to offer and desired future direction. This is not a static question, rather a dynamic and creative process.
Many of our clients are initially challenged by this, and find it hard to take the first step. This is especially the case if they have been with the same company or in similar roles for some time.
When it comes to building your personal brand, you can also be considered a ‘product’. A SWOT analysis allows you to assess your strengths and weaknesses (or areas for development) as well as considering what opportunities exist based on your strengths and weaknesses, and what are the potential threats to these opportunities?
Ultimately, this process supports ongoing self-awareness and the development of your emotional intelligence. A skill much sought after in the contemporary workplace.
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Sheila specialises in coaching executives to build trust, cohesiveness and direction within themselves, their teams and across the organisations and systems within which they operate. This creates direct and positive impact on overall performance and results.