Title: Authenticity, a key to successful consulting engagements

Authors: Alison S. Munsch

Addresses: Iona College, 715 North Avenue New Rochelle, NY 10801, USA

Abstract: A review of the literature on organisational consulting and leadership and interviews with industry executives provided a strong platform for success in a recent consulting engagement for a major financial institution. The primary research question this article seeks to answer is: What are the skills needed for a successful consulting engagement in support of effective organisational risk management? This article discusses the skills needed for an effective consulting engagement and how this is in support of effective organisational risk management. The client's underlying concerns about exposure, vulnerability and control are explored. Self-awareness, examining resistance and in particular, authenticity described as genuine integrity in consulting engagements are also discussed in terms of their overall importance to effective consulting engagements.

Keywords: consulting; authenticity; self-awareness; leadership; organisational risk management; exposure; vulnerability; control.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBCRM.2016.081260

International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, 2016 Vol.6 No.4, pp.330 - 339

Received: 08 Sep 2015
Accepted: 26 Mar 2016

Published online: 01 Jan 2017 *

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