Authenticity is a social ability, defined as not false or copied, but genuine and real. It has been described as a continual process of representing one’s true nature or beliefs; being true to oneself and to other people. A person is regarded as authentic to the extent that his/her conduct towards another emulates what he/she truly believes.

“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” Henry David Thoreau

“Authenticity, an individual’s investment in trust.” Allen Beck

The effects of Low and High levels of Authenticity

Low Level
  • Insincerity
  • Untrustworthy
  • Plagiarist
  • Unpredictable
  • Unreliable
Outcomes of Low Level EI
  • Disengaged
  • Lack of Continuity
  • Non-Collaborative
  • Hoards Ideas
High Level
  • Genuine
  • Mutual Trust
  • Original
  • What You See Is What You Get
  • Dependable
Outcomes of High Level EI
  • Collaborative
  • Stable
  • Participatory
  • Shares Vision

Authenticity is often thought of as something that occurs between people. Fact is, authenticity extends to the organization. Just as we need to learn and practice transparency in personal relationships, organizations must develop a culture of authenticity. Clients and customers continue to measure the authenticity of the organization they deal with by observing and experiencing business practices.