Summary of The Art of Authenticity

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In this new age, you must do more than manage your career. You must act bravely and with “authenticity” in all social arenas. This requires developing an understanding of each social milieu that surrounds you. When you act authentically, you embrace different aspects of yourself depending on your context. Authentic leaders go beyond self-awareness to “selves awareness,” which takes discipline, application and skill. Executive coach Karissa Thacker details how to recognize and inhabit your authentic selves in her comprehensive, insightful leadership manual. She describes the journeys and transformations that develop your authenticity and includes helpful “workouts” at the close of each chapter. getAbstract recommends her methods to senior executives, managers and all professionals who would like to maximize their abilities through productive self-examination.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why pursuing “authenticity” matters now;
  • How your mind-set shapes your actions; and
  • How to build self-awareness, trust and authenticity.

About the Author

Karissa Thacker, who holds a doctorate in psychology, founded Strategic Performance Solutions Inc., a management consulting and executive coaching firm. She is an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of Delaware’s Lerner School of Business.



Through history, people have reflected on the meaning of authenticity. Generally, they took the concept to mean the desire to live according to a personal set of values and beliefs. Has that definition changed? Well, the world around you has changed. In the past, an authentic...

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