Operating from Our Authentic Self

Understanding Who We Truly Are

Authored by: Satinder Dhiman

The Routledge Companion to Management and Workplace Spirituality

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138499188
eBook ISBN: 9781351015110
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This chapter explores the role of Self-knowledge in life and leadership. All wisdom traditions of the world have underscored the importance of Self-knowledge in the pursuit happiness and fulfillment. Self-knowledge is the hallmark of all authentic leaders, since it helps those in leadership positions to lead from their true self. In its wake, it bestows the gift of genuine humility, paving the way for selfless service and, finally, for servant leadership. The chapter underscores the value of humility as a prerequisite to, and consequence of, Self-knowledge. As leaders, when we are in touch with our deeper authentic self, we are also able to connect with the authentic self of others. This chapter takes as axiomatic that leadership is a voyage of inner discovery and that Self-knowledge is the key to leading from within. This journey begins with knowing oneself and culminates in living one’s deepest values at the personal, team, and organizational level.

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