Sue had worked for her client as a full-time consultant for nearly 10 years and for the most part she was happy. She was doing interesting work with people she liked and didn’t have a lot to complain about most days. Even when a new leadership team was brought in and she was feeling the pinch of their new direction, she continued to be focused on doing good work up until the day she was fired.
Over the past months, I’ve noticed a trend in the classroom, at the office and around the town: There is an assumption that people need to be filled up to reach success instead of built up to create success. It’s led me to wonder, are most people simply filling holes or building mountains? Do they realize that their leadership mindset is at the heart of everything they do and say?
It feels easier to lie sometimes than tell the truth, doesn’t it? After all, you’re being kind, sparing someone’s feelings. You don’t want anyone to think you’re a bad person or someone that isn’t thoughtful. The interesting thing is that when you lie, you’re not being kind or thoughtful or anything else other than someone who is covering their behind. Make today the day you answer the wake up call to break free from your lies and create a life and leadership legacy built on integrity, honesty and vulnerability.