The Art of Finding Where You Belong in Executive Leadership

Dec 30, 2023 | Job Satisfaction, Job Search

Embracing Authenticity Over Conformity


The journey to the top of the corporate ladder is often seen as a path of relentless ambition and adaptation. However, there’s a significant difference between finding an executive leadership role in a company where you naturally belong and altering yourself to fit into an organization. This article explores this distinction, highlighting why embracing your authentic self can lead to more fulfilling and successful career experiences.


The Pressure to Conform

In the competitive world of executive leadership, there’s an unspoken pressure to conform. This might mean adjusting your leadership style, suppressing certain aspects of your personality, or even adopting values that don’t resonate with you. While this approach can lead to short  term gains, it often comes at the cost of personal fulfillment and long  term success.

The Fit vs. Adaptation Dilemma

The key issue lies in distinguishing between adapting and losing oneself. Adaptation is a natural part of any job learning new skills, understanding different corporate cultures, and working with diverse teams. However, when adaptation crosses the line into fundamentally changing who you are, it can lead to a lack of authenticity, which is often perceptible and can undermine your leadership.

The Power of Authentic Leadership  

Authentic leadership, on the other hand, is about being true to yourself. It’s about understanding your values, strengths, and weaknesses and finding a company that aligns with these. When you lead from a place of authenticity, you inspire trust and loyalty, foster a positive workplace culture, and drive better results.

Finding Where You Belong

So, how do you find a company where you belong? It starts with self  reflection. Understand what drives you, what you value in a workplace, and what kind of corporate culture you thrive in. Then, during your job search, look beyond the job description. Research the company’s values, culture, and leadership style. During interviews, ask questions that help you gauge whether your authentic self aligns with the organization.

The Benefits of the Right Fit

When you find a company where you belong, the benefits are manifold. You’re more likely to enjoy your work, feel engaged, and stay longer. Your leadership will be more effective because it’s grounded in genuine belief and enthusiasm. This authenticity also makes you a more relatable and inspiring leader, helping to cultivate a strong, committed team.



The pursuit of an executive leadership role should not be about changing who you are to fit a mold. It’s about finding a place where your authentic self can thrive. This approach not only benefits your personal well  being but also contributes to more effective and sustainable leadership. In the end, the greatest success is achieved not by fitting in, but by finding where you truly belong.

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Patrick Lage

Written By: Terri Wiksten, Chief Operating Officer

Terri Wiksten is a dynamic powerhouse who works harder than anyone you know and tackles every task with 100% effort while maintaining her enthusiastic, cheerleader attitude!

She loves helping professionals save time and money as they search for their next challenge and thrives on how technology turned this industry on its head, allowing for constant change and opportunity to do things better and more effectively for our clients.