Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Truth or Consequences

In studying leadership many times we study the triumphs, success stories, and the good to great moments . But I think we can also learn from the pitfalls, train wrecks and mistakes leaders make. One I have seen this past week is that leaders must strive for honesty and truth. 

Two high profile collegiate coaches at high profile colleges have either been suspended for several games or fired completely because of honesty. They have great records, won more games than their predecessor, and taken their teams from good to great, but they came up against the powerhouse in the division, truth, and they were defeated.   

Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Lying leaders last only a moment as well. 

Once a leader's words and actions can no longer be trusted, the consequences are costly.


  1. sadly the world doesn't really care if you have integrity, it just cares about success. look at steroids in baseball this is a great example of this.

  2. I think that honesty is one of the top things people look for. I've had friends that were constantly misleading me to believe something that wasn't true, and they weren't friends for long. It's a priority to speak the truth if we want the respect of others. The challenge is speaking the truth in love.