Daniel’s Laws of Leadership: Law #3
Throughout the recent political season it was fascinating to see the various men and women running for office react to quotes from their present and past. How many times did we hear the phrase, “I misspoke.” It is true that sometimes people misspeak. They say something on accident that they never intended to say. But this little phrase, “I misspoke,” has been used in another context ad nauseum – the context of lying. When caught in an outright lie and faced with their own words, it seems to have become so easy to simply say, “I misspoke.” But under the surface is the dirty little secret that we all know that a lie has been spoken, no matter how it is glossed over.
It’s easy to point fingers at politicians because they are easy targets. But how many lies have you told in your lifetime? I have lied more than I can ever recount. Everyone lies. That certainly does not make lying okay, it just highlights an ugly truth. And the truth is what is at stake here. The truth seems to be a rare commodity today, especially among those who are our leaders. And that brings us to Daniel’s Third Law of Leadership.
Law #3 – The Law of Trust. This law states that: Great leaders tell the truth.
How easy is this law? Easier said than done is the answer. We are told in Daniel chapter six that Daniel was a trustworthy man. It is hard to impossible to trust a liar. Daniel was easy to trust. Why? Because he always told the truth and everyone knew it. This is why as a Jewish ex-patriot he was able to climb to the highest ranks of leadership among the regimes of King Nebuchadnezzar, King Belshazzar, and King Darius. Truth-telling and trust is so rare that when you see it, you grab onto it and you don’t let it go.
Matthew 5:37 record the words of Jesus Christ, “But let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’ Anything else more than this is from the evil one.”
Question: Do you do what you say you will do?