What if individuals had to guarantee that they were genuine or else provide a refund? Wouldn’t this be an interesting “Truth or Dare” proposition for all politicians, labor leaders, business executives, husbands & wives—even parents? For example, did spokesmen for the tobacco lobby really believe that cigarettes didn’t cause cancer but a few years ago? But knowing in their hearts that they spewing misinformation, would they still be willing to lie publically if they knew they could be thown in jail for their inauthenticity? Although this rarely happens, people who live life in decrescendo are still living a lie, and are ultimately accountable to themselves and to their maker.

In existentialism, authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures. A lack of authenticity is considered to be bad faith. Is it any wonder why our public has become skeptical with leadership over the last several decades? There are some choice moments in a brilliant concept movie, Liar Liar, where Fletcher Reed, a smooth-talking divorce lawyer, is cast under a spell where MUST tell the truth. Imagine if you could point a truth ray at someone you mistrust to get the straight scoop. My guess is that if mankind were forced to be completely honest, the world would be thrown into total chaos. Somewhat like a detox program, society would need a very gradual withdrawal from its inauthenticity for the sake of world peace.

Thankfully, though, authenticity is a “do it yourself project.” True trust is earned by speaking the truth. Whether this concerns your role in individual relationships, teams or organizations, your authenticity leads to your accountability. In the end, “Do as I say, not as I do,” doesn’t work, and only by living authentically can you live life in crescendo. I guarantee this or your money back!

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