Think before you do anything and the real question is “what can I do for others to lighten their load?’ … Authentic is real; it is true and it is uncompromising, you cannot pretend because it has one very simple rule – it is only authentic if I trust what you are doing or saying to me.
Leadership is about being authentic. Managers and people who think they are leaders often fail because their actions are not consistent with what they have promised their followers, thus the perception of distrust is created.
Can you fake it till you make it? Yes I believe you can as long as your intention was authentic and that you have no intention to harm anyone in your journey to make it, when you put others first by not harming them, your intentions are true to who you want to be and how you want to treat others and how you want others to treat you.
With that in mind you are actually not faking it, you have actually arrived at the place you intended to be … everything is real for you, it may just take a little longer for others to realise that fact.