We chose every day. Are we a leader or a liar?
This is not a blanket accusation of malicious or criminal behavior.
Most people want to do what’s right.
Here is the challenge: We know our intentions. Others
judge our behavior and performance filtered through their lens of perception.
We may see ourselves as a leader, but to others we are simply lying to them
SO YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER?
Inconsistency between word and deed — regardless
of intent — fosters
mistrust. And mistrust creates friction that makes effective
leadership challenging. Here are three ideas to turn good intention
into positive action.
Tell yourself the truth.
Imagine wearing a large button with the words “Leader” and “Liar” written
in opposite directions, so that one of the words is always readable
to others. Individuals and organizations can fall prey to 3-D
Vision — Denial, Distortion, and Delusion.
We deny the truth, distort reality, and delude ourselves into thinking we are
better than we are. The cure is simple — the
continuous search for and acknowledgement of truth and reality.
Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick created a six-point test of deciding
right from wrong. Dr. Preston Bradley adapted it, and we revised
it into “The Ethics Litmus Test”.
- Does your course of action seem logical, responsible, and
- Would the results be beneficial for all if everyone made
the same decision?
- Where will your plan of action lead? How will it affect
- Will you think well of yourself when you look back at what
- How would the person you most admire your hero handle this
- What would your family and friends think of your decision?
Decisions made in the hope that no one will find out are usually
Thomas Edison said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.”
Commit to a course of action. Do just one thing differently today,
and then build daily on that success.
Even the best leader has a bad day. The occasional honest mistake
does not brand us a terminal liar. Being the leaders our communities
want and deserve is a continuous journey to be better today than