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My mentor reminded me that “the opposite of honesty isn’t lying, it’s silence.”
How many times have we, as leaders, been in situations where our first response to a sticky work situation is to lie our way out of it? When we apply our ethical lens to the situation, we may hold back from lying, but then do we simply keep quiet instead? We may, wrongly, justify our silence by saying, “well, at least I didn’t lie.” However, when we say someone did not tell the truth, it could mean one of two things: that they said nothing, or they told a lie. Either way, the result is the same, they didn’t tell the truth.
In this session, I discuss the psychological and behavioural aspects of responsible leadership, and how a leader’s moral compass influences not just the leader, but the entire team.