Leadership is Knowing What To Do With The Truth.
Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing. – Warren Bennis, Ph.D. “On Becoming a Leader”
Doing the right thing is much more complicated that what we like to admit.
Doing the right thing usually means dealing in truth in such a way that Truth takes a leading role.
Sometimes we don’t like that because if the Truth is in control – inevitably, we’re left with the enormous character test which is “how we respond to truth & how we help others to respond to Truth”.
Becoming a leader means having a strong courageous and transparent relationship with Truth. Whether that is in offering honest and constructive feedback to those around us or more importantly – having a truthful understanding and perspective on ourselves, our capabilities, the capabilities of the team around us.
In leadership in the last fifty years – we have come to expect leaders who are superheroes to woo and charm us, then we have sat gleefully by whilst they meet our expectations of failure and inability to live up to our hopes and expectations.
Those humble leaders that we so admire, tend to be the ones who KNOWing and facing truth are therefore unafraid of it.
The leader who works behind closed doors, who shifts to the left and the right, who tries to be all things to all people – don’t be that kind of leader.
Don’t be the Bill Clinton who gets impeached – a healthy relationship with the Truth of who we are, and the people around us, leads to more worldchanging than you can believe.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
– Max DePree The Art of Leadership