Authenticity and values not wanted

An email from why of the more senior people in my network. Currently in a top role at an important organisation:

A funny thing happened to me today that I thought you would appreciate.

Out of curiosity I accepted an invitation to go and talk to someone about a job. I’ve no intention of leaving [current organisation] but sometimes do accept these meetings.

I spoke to the guy and he noted I had all the skills and experience and so on. He went on to say – rightly I hope – that it’s clear that to me ‘authenticity’ is an important thing and that I’m ‘values’ driven in my leadership.

I thought he was paying me a compliment!

He then said that he felt that these could be challenging traits when working in senior role in a publicly listed company.

So apparently what we’re looking for in our corporations is inauthentic leaders with no core values…

Dear oh dear.

Man.

I really don’t know what to say. Is it any wonder?

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