Peter Baskerville on Quora gave a very detailed and analytical answer about what makes someone authentic:
- whether they can laugh at their own stupidity.
- whether they can freely admit that they ‘don’t know’, ‘they were wrong’ or ‘they made a mistake’
- whether they can take cheeky constructive ridicule from their mates (peers) without retaliation or the feelings of emotional hurt
- whether they can maintain their dignity, authority, respect and presence regardless of their personal attire or appointed position
- whether they can truly communicate with all people as equals regardless of the other’s rank, wealth or social standing.
- whether they are ‘comfortable in their own skin‘ and not always pretending to be someone that they aren’t.
- whether they can ‘look you in the eye‘ and are engaged in the moment as they converse with you
- whether they can speak their truth graciously, seeking neither offence nor servitude.
- whether they are humble in the realization that what makes them special in one form of intelligence also make them totally dumb in another.