By Burnett Munthali
Lying erodes trust. They need to know you’ll always tell it to them straight and when leaders don’t, they learn not to trust them. For leaders credibility is everything and lying is simply the kryptonite that destroys a team’s trust for their leader.
The Value of Truth in Leadership
It is important for leaders to be truthful about the reality of their team’s situation so that they can work as a team to resolve the problem. When people know what is going on, they are more than happy to do their part because they understand why it needs to be done.
The three most commonly referred to are lies of commission, lies of omission, and lies of influence, aka character lies. The reading below neatly summarizes these and provides some examples.
The current research provides compelling support that power has stress-buffering effects during lie-telling which, in turn, makes it emotionally, cognitively, and physiologically easier to tell lies.
There are different reasons why people lie.
Defensive: The most common reason for lying is to self-protect.
Vindictive: Some people lie intentionally to cause harm to others because they feel harmed by that person.
Disappointment: In order to avoid disappointing another person or even themselves, a lie might be told.
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