Last week, in our post It’s NOT the Right Fit, we talked about some ways you can assess whether or not you’re in the right working environment.
Since today is Halloween, a day when many children and adults don costumes and assume other personas, we felt it fitting to talk about authenticity and whether or not you’re wearing a costume/mask all year round.
In order to show up as your authentic self, it’s important first to know who you are and what makes you tick. As we discussed last week, knowing whether you’re in the right work environment is a great first step. Another important step is understanding your strengths, tendencies, and natural ways of engaging with your world.
As coaches and consultants for over 25 years, we’ve seen and used many different types of assessments and frameworks to support people in identifying and showing up as their authentic selves. Here is a list of some of our top suggestions that are based on research and studies of human behavior:

  • Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors™
    • Everything DiSC® is an assessment-based learning experience that deepens self-awareness, inspires appreciation of others, and fosters effective collaboration in the workplace.
    • The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® helps individuals understand how their DiSC® style brings value to the team and how they can each drive team effectiveness and productivity, together.
  • Clifton Strengthsfinder 2.0 and Strengths Based Leadership
    • StrengthsFinder 2.0 maps out your top natural strengths and provides strategies for applying them more regularly in everyday life.
    • Strengths Based Leadership maps out your natural strengths and strategies but also provides you with specific strategies for leading with your top five strengths and enables you to plot the strengths of your team based on the four domains of leadership strength revealed in the book.
  • Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection helps you to identify and navigate old stories and behaviors that are holding you back from showing up authentically and fully.
  • Susan Cain’s Quiet takes a look at introverts and extroverts and the spectrum in between to help you as an individual, leader, parent, or teacher.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these resources or would like to work with us directly to understand your unique combination of strengths, tendencies, and characteristics, contact us today. You can email us at:, we’d love to hear from you!