Healthy leadership requires a good degree of self-awareness.
However, in the business world, where superficiality affects relationships, inauthentic selves may flourish because they may be easier to adapt to certain organizational policies.
Many executives project a false image of themselves to the point that they are no longer capable of being their genuine selves as leaders. This lack of authenticity may manifest itself in a lack of curiosity, creativity and spontaneity. Conversely, inhabiting one's true self brings balance, focus and confidence. It also opens the door to being spontaneous and natural enough to have close relationships with others.
Companies need leaders who are psychologically mature with their self-esteem and humility in balance.
The entire team knows what drives these leaders and they know how to read the hearts and minds of colleagues just as they can read the reality of the business.
As a result, everyone knows they are on the same team and that their purpose is a common good. Out of mutual respect comes commitment and dedication -- two essential ingredients for creating robust organizations whose purpose is none other than to enable ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things. Ultimately, it is a concept that has hardly changed since the time of Xenophon.