Most disingenuous leaders are not meaning to be inauthentic, but rather are trying really hard to be what they think a leader should be. They are copying what they see from leaders they’ve been around, from the media, and/or from experts that they follow and look up to. There are problems with each of those.
First, if you’re just following other leaders you’ve been around, they most likely have been thrown into leadership like the rest of us with very little or no leadership development and are winging it. Second, if you’re following the media for examples MOST of this is contrived in one way or another for good TV. Third, if you’re following experts I commend you for working on yourself and your own development, but all of these experts are successful because they ARE authentic to themselves.
Contributors: Nikki Henry from Ladies Leading Ladies