by Colette Marcellin
Meet Bindu Garapaty (right), a leader in marketing talent and leadership development at Juniper Networks and co-founder and CEO of The Happy Leader, LLC.
Bindu holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and is always encouraging and exploring the various aspects of what authentic leadership looks like. Bindu's belief system is deeply shaped by her Indian culture and philosophy. She believes that authenticity and the meaning of the “true self” is “the integrity and alignment of your body, your mind and your soul.”
Bindu joined Watermark in 2012 after moving to the Bay Area and became a member of Watermark’s Emerging Executive Advisory Council in 2014. She co-leads the South Bay Women Like Us Network, and was honored last fall with the Emerging Executive of the Year award at Watermark's Make Your Mark Awards.
She describes the first Watermark events she attended as “eye-opening experiences” that offered authenticity and candor about the challenges that women face in the Silicon Valley.
In her webinar, Authentically You, set for 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, July 5, Bindu will explain the concepts of the true self and the false self and explore where the authentic self begins and where the false self emerges. The webinar will incorporate exercises and questions that Bindu considers important for women to understand, including how to decide when you want to be authentic, to what degree you reveal your authenticity and the appropriate context.
With the mixed messages women receive regarding authenticity and the need to adapt to different contexts, Bindu finds that “defining a context and assessing your environment is important, as you start to build trust with your peers, you feel more comfortable revealing your true sense of self, especially as leaders. Authentic leadership incorporates our values, pushes us out of our comfort zone and challenges us to answer the age-old question, ‘Who am I?’”
Ultimately, Bindu says authenticity means, “keeping it real and knowing what is right for you.”
Curious about when Bindu knows she’s being her most authentic self? Here's what she told us:
1. “When I’m with my kids. There’s something about being with young children that creates a sense of psychological safety – they accept us unconditionally.”
2. “When I’m surrounded by people I trust immensely and who will accept me for the vulnerabilities I bring to the table.”
3. “When I’m living my truth and there is alignment with my head, my heart and my gut.”
Join us for the Authentically You webinar and learn more about how to be your best, most authentic self through Bindu’s experiences, insights and strategies.