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How To Lead Through Tough Times With Truth
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How To Lead Through Tough Times With Truth
There's an old fable from the early 1800's that many of us learned as kids. It always fascinated me. The fable is called The Emperor's New Clothes and the moral is based on the acceptance of brutal honesty. The story revolves around an emperor who loved just fine clothes. A group of fraudsters came to town and offered to make him the most beautiful suit ever made, free of charge however only those who can be considered worthy of their positions in the court - and are smart enough will be able to recognize the suitors. As the clothes are being made and the Emperor sends several trustworthy and highly intelligent individuals to look over the garments. Though none of them could see any fabric or patterns since there was nothing to look at but none of them would admit that they saw nothing . They all would like to be seen as not worthy or incompetent. After the clothes are finished, the emperor's trustworthy and extremely intelligent people appear to dress him in his new suit for his processional throughout the town. Additionally, knowing the standard established for those who were able to observe the outfit, everyone in town commented on how beautiful the emperor's new clothes looked. It wasn't until one child in the crowd yelled that the Emperor was naked, that the others joined in his obvious observance. The emperor, knowing that the crowd was right in the chants they made, continued the processional and pretended to be dressed in fine clothing. Most of the time throughout my journey to assume various leadership roles throughout my career - I've been surrounded by honest and open-minded individuals who felt confident enough to let me know when I wasn't actually wearing"the "suit." This may not always been what I wanted hear but it was the information I required to hear. This acceptance of brutal honesty has saved me from dozens of scenarios where I might have been at risk of being a victim of my own doubt. Visit:- When we agree to the leadership positions that are bestowed upon us there is usually a battle within ourselves and with others to accept that we do not have all of the answers. In the end, we've been put in these positions because of our intellect and trustworthiness - the same reasons that the emperor appointed people to his court. Our internal struggle is primarily about our egos as leaders. Because everyone expects us to lead either verbally or through example - motivate our teammates and command their attention and control their focus. We, as leaders, should dig deep to challenge our team members to think different think differently, behave differently, and most importantly, act differently. When we are recognized for our accomplishments and accomplishments, we're also acknowledged for our acts of leadership. Therefore, as we assume these obligations and responsibilities as leaders, we must also be able to bear the weight of our self-inflated ego. Looking back at the tale of the emperor, had the people who surrounded him were not afraid of the results on their integrity, they could have avoided the embarrassing situations. People around him could have been more successful had they offered him the brutal honesty in the beginning. In any setting - whether the boardroom or a town procession, everyone must be willing to hear the truth and open to the possibility of being told we're "naked." Sometimes, this brutal honesty will come at the expense of the sensitivity of our society, political correctness relationships, or even the egos of our leaders, but are they more expensive than other compromises such as progress and high performance? I'm sure you'll find the answer, in fact, no.

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