Authentically the Best You!
As a company leader, I see employees of all levels miss the understanding they are a reflection or extension of said company or employer. Employees may grow into a role where they may have to be a better version of themselves while at the office, online and in social settings. Your professional reputation is very important and may be left at the office door but should it?
Obviously, employers want team members who are authentically themselves AND who are able to perform their task and role well. Sometimes this means an employee may handle themselves in a better version and even “perform” if you will, while doing their job. I’ve learned through my Thespian Days, Business School and event experiences that being adaptable is key. I understand the concept of speaking to each client in the manner they expect. This means I can read the situation and respond accordingly. I don’t feel like I am being fake, but creating an experience as if I were back on stage.
Many times this means presenting yourself in a better version of your typical self at home or with close friends. The way in which you speak, consume drugs or alcohol, use offensive or poor language in social settings and even your negative or political social media posts all reflect your employer. Once you wear the name tag, you are connected and should therefore always represent your organization even while at home or online!
While I was on the Varsity Cheerleading team (not surprised, huh?) we signed a contract outlining our behavior on and off the field. I held the contract in high regard and really honored the fact the community considered me a leader in that manner. As I grew up and joined a sorority, once again, we were asked to represent our school and sorority in a positive manner and we also signed “covenants” agreeing to respectful behavior at all times with and without Greek letter or pin.
I didn’t realize until now that these two organizations really affected my view on relationships, actions and perspective on this particular issue.
I look at an employee and see their potential and hope they become the best version of themselves. It’s hard to coach employees who think that if they make changes in behavior for work they are being two-faced. Most of these employees can’t see the forest through the trees and they miss incredible opportunities to grow. I guess they’ve not heard the saying “Fake it until you Make it”?
How have you changed the perception of being fake or not being yourself?
Is being professional a bad thing outside the office?
When someone can’t play the role required for a position, what do you?
I would love to hear your thoughts…please leave a comment below!