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Being Unapologetically Yourself: Authentic Leadership Poll Results

How we present ourselves at work may not always align with our preferences. Some of us would, in a perfect scenario, swap skirts or slacks for sweatpants. But alas, we live in a professional world. Does that mean we’re adjusting our personalities, too?


A recent WO poll found that most of our readers are unapologetically themselves at work. While that may not mean wearing slippers in the office, it does mean that respondents aren’t feeling the pressure to conform to an altered version of themselves.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of respondents said they rarely or never adjust their personality at work. Of that group, 18% said they used to alter the way they conducted themselves at work, but no longer do so.


We also asked if our readers felt confident in taking on leadership roles; more than half (59%) responded with a strong “yes.” One respondent said that “taking a seat at the table when it’s offered, doing the work required and showing up on time” has helped them be recognized as leadership material.

Ninety-five percent of the respondents to this WO Pop-up Poll were women, with about 60% noting they were ODs and the other 40% non-OD females. About half (52%) said they work in independent optometry practices, and 24% work in MD-owned, hospital or larger clinic settings. Fourteen percent said they worked in corporate-affiliated settings. The remaining 10% said they work in academic settings, marketing, consulting and non-profit centers.


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Featured photo credit: Getty Images, Natee127

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