Leadership Tune Up - Part Three

Posted by Bruce W. Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Telling the Truth – Even When It’s Not Popular.  

Especially around elections, it seems that few people running for national office offer true integrity.  Integrity requires more than telling the truth.  It also requires explaining things to people with sufficient truthful detail that they can make their own well-informed decisions.  When decisions are made, telling the truth means explaining the decisions -- even the unpleasant parts most of us don’t really like to hear. Leadership is not about running a successful public relations campaign to shift blame to others.  

Business organizations need to make sure that this “blame culture” isn’t allowed to take root.  Blame destroys people relationships at work, and with people no longer able to work effectively together, it is only a matter of time before the organization suffers from serious lack of customer responsiveness and product quality slips.  Trust in management is always seriously undermined if managers mistakenly believe that blame motivates long-term change.  It does not.

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