Being Authentic

imagesA group of amazing people who I have had the pleasure of meeting through the investing world came up with this great idea of doing founders breakfasts.  As small as the start-up tech community is many of the founders do not know each other.  The concept behind this breakfast is to get a group of founders we each know (rarely is there any cross-over) get together and discuss what is top of mind in regards to the trials and tribulations of growing a company.

The breakfast this past week one of the men brought up something that I have never heard uttered out of a mans mouth.  He said he is hiring people that are better engineers than him, better at many more things than him and his fear is that he will be discovered out that he essentially knows nothing.  It was amazing.
Women, for whatever reason, tend to have this inner voice saying to think there are days when they feel like someone will realize that they are totally faking it.  They know nothing.  It was seriously refreshing to hear a guy come out and say that.
Then the conversation turned into creating a culture in your company.  It was really interesting to listen to each entrepreneurs transparency, leadership and expectations with their team.  It was really interesting to hear what works for one might not necessarily work for the other.
What I believe this all comes down to is the importance of being authentic. Everyone does it differently.  There is no right or wrong way of how you build the culture in your company.  Company culture is essentially an extension of the entrepreneur who started the company.  I think the key is being authentic.  Be true to who you are because it will come across to your team.  When you are not authentic that comes across too.  Be yourself because it is a helluva lot easier than pretending to be something that you aren’t.  Also…on a side note, I have thought for years I be would found out that I have been totally faking it.