I know it is not a real word, but it describes exactly what I am trying to say here;
Be genuine, sincere. Don’t be fake.
Be who you are. Don’t pretend that you know more than you do. Don’t try to be someone you are not. Sooner or later someone will find out, and the price is not worth paying. You are in the team because of who you are and what you can bring, not because you can pretend to be someone else.
And be genuine. When you praise or thank someone, make sure it is genuine. When you act, smile, frown, question, make sure it is you. Genuinely you.
In teams it is so important that everyone can be who they are. Of course there is a need for continuous improvement, learning and development. Standing still is not an option. When developing, enhance your good traits, focus on your strengths, develop new skills.
Trying to change who you are, is not genuine and will always lead to disappointment, with yourself, with the ones you are trying to impress, and those in your team who are relying on the real you.
Embrace who you are and what you can bring to the team. When you are genuine in your desire to contribute, help, support and succeed, you are at least half way there already.