Although stated in various ways, Mark Twain provided a powerful thought when he said, “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
Leaders influence small and large groups of people. Their influence is measured by the level of honesty perceived.
When leaders are seen as dishonest, people will not follow.
When leaders are seen as honest, the opposite is true.
Even when it might seem easier to bend the truth, honesty is always the best policy.
The result of this practice has lasting repercussions on our leadership.
The synonyms for the word this week make for some interesting application. Honest, sincere, genuine, and trustworthy are a few that seem natural and positive. However, candid, frank, forthright, and straight are words with a little more bite to them.
Considering the opposite of truthfulness leads in one direction, deception.
Leaders need to not only be truthful in relationship to followers, they need to be truthful with themselves.
One of the greatest challenges for leaders is to be honest enough with themselves to make the kind of decisions that demonstrate their integrity.
Being truthful with the direction we should take may not always align with our initial plans.
Being truthful with those who are invested in following will not allow us to be self-centered.
Being truthful with God will always lead in paths of righteousness.
The application of truthfulness often falls short because leaders can fall prey to justifying their actions and convincing themselves something is true, when in reality it is false.
Leaders must be careful not to allow good intentions to vindicate pretentious actions.
Be truthful with self, others and God in all areas.