In this inspiring and informative episode, we talk about authenticity – what it means, and how best to explore what our authentic self looks like.
We all like to use ‘authenticity’ as the ultimate defence whenever we find ourselves locked in a battle with the world, trying to force us into assuming a role that is not in alignment with who we truly are or at least who we think we’re, right? Except, the concept is considerably more involved than that, as our guest explains during the episode.
Our guest for this interview is Amelia Kruse, an established leadership coach (PCC, EQAC) who helps creative professionals develop their emotional intelligence and leadership abilities to find their form of holistic excellence. She works with leaders and aspiring leaders from companies like Droga5, Google, Spotify, AirBnB and Anomaly.
With a master’s degree in Biology, Amelia began her career as an environmental consultant before co-founding the ‘creatives without borders’ business, Komai, where she worked predominantly in South East Africa developing music education initiatives in collaboration with The New School in New York. She then went on to work at Refinery29 as the Director of Product Marketing and experienced first-hand the life-changing benefits of coaching and fell in love with the philosophy.
In 2016 she received her certification in coaching from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and founded her own coaching practice. She is based in New York and coaches clients globally.
To my younger self, authenticity was mostly aggressive defiance in the face of authourity, brutal honesty, and a refusal to submit to anyone else’s direction (even if they were the right ones!). Now, I honour my idea of authenticity by living a life that’s in alignment with my core values, by doing what I love in a responsible way, and making sure that I never take my pleasure at someone else’s expense.
I think, it’s the same with a lot of us. As we learn and grow, our ideas, beliefs, motivations, and desires change, and considering that, how can we simplify authenticity as a static concept. In order for your authentic self to be in tune with your innermost beliefs, you need to be self-aware.
So, today we’ll learn not just about the concept of authenticity, but more importantly, we’ll learn about how best to explore who we are at our authentic best.
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This episode discusses topics like-
The concept of authenticity- what it means and how we can explore it in relation to our own self
How to become more self-aware, and how it can help
Exercises that can help explore present self-awareness (Recommended for people who struggle with mindfulness!)
Living an authentic life without ignoring any of our more practical needs and responsibilities
Assessing our resources and making decisions that are emotionally beneficial and in alignment with our authentic self
Nurturing a relationship with the inner critic and the inner mentor
Building an external support system
Exercises for ‘Micro Self-Connection’
How Amelia can help you live and lead with authenticity
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