Are you honest? Ever heard the saying “honesty is the best policy”? Are those around you able to trust you? Do others trust you? Do you realize how crucial honesty is to building trust? How do you feel about others if or when they aren’t host with you? How do you act or respond with someone has been dishonest with you? Do you respond with gratitude when people are honest with you so that you foster that behavior? Or do you only react with dissatisfaction when people are dishonest? Do you encourage good behavior? Do you discourage bad behavior? Do you do both?
Today’s devotional (Character Of A Great Leader — Day 3) takes on the subject of honesty. So let’s jump into today’s readings…
13“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. 14You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. 15A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 16For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.
–from Deuteronomy 25
We need to be consistent! We need to be just! We need to be honest in how we make decisions and how we respond. We need to treat one another fair! Let’s live so that our attitude and our actions bring honor and glory to God!
Today’s reading continues with…
1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
–from Proverbs 19
So let’s allow our lives to lead with integrity! Let’s not be foolish in how we live, but rather let’s be honest and work with integrity.
Today’s reading concludes with…
9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
–from Colossians 3
So do you know what to do? What to practice? Let’s take off our old ways and start living the new way – in truth, with integrity, without lies!
As the story of the man who gave talents to his servants spoke to us, to whom much is given, much is required. So if you have been put into a position of leadership, you need to be able to take hold of the fact that people are looking up to you and God has put you in such a place for such a day as this and to fulfill your calling requires that we live in a way that is glorifying to God! And if you need an example to follow, follow Jesus’ lead! He is the answer! He is the way, the truth, and the life!
Today’s devotional (Character Of A Great Leader — Day 3) puts all of this together in the following way…
“Great Leaders Cultivate Honesty”
Honesty is the single most important “building block” in the leader-follower relationship. To many people, honesty is the same as sincerity, truthfulness, integrity, frankness, candor, and openness. Though some leaders don’t consciously realize it, honesty includes not only telling the truth, but also leaving the right impression. Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
It’s clear that if people are willingly to follow you—whether into battle or into the boardroom, the front office or the front lines—they first want to assure themselves that you are worthy of their trust. They want to know that you are truthful, ethical, and principled. No matter what the setting, everyone wants to be fully confident in their leaders, and to be fully confident they have to believe that their leaders are people of strong character and solid integrity.
We—all of us—don’t want to be lied to. We don’t want to be deceived. We do want to be told the truth. We do want a leader who knows, right from wrong. Yes, we want our team to win, but we don’t want to be led—or misled—by someone who cheats in the process of attaining victory. We want our leaders to be honest, because their honesty is a reflection upon our own honesty.
Be Honest. Tell the Truth. Let people know where you stand. Use simple language. Call things what they are. Demonstrate integrity. Don’t manipulate people. Don’t distort facts. Don’t spin the truth. Don’t leave false impressions. Bottom Line: Tell The Truth, Leave The Right Impression, And Be Honest!
Listen to the words of Proverbs 12:17 (ESV): “Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.” Take comfort in knowing that our Savior and our Lord, Jesus Christ, the greatest Leader in history—He is the Truth. Follow Him!
–from Character Of A Great Leader — Day 3