I know that often we see things such as Honesty, Integrity, Authenticity, but when it comes to being a leader, or a boss, it’s not about being nice, it’s about winning, and to be honest these are not qualities I associate with winning.
Winner’s are those that tread a fine line, pushing the rules to the limit, sometimes even breaking them – how can someone who is supposedly honest or trustworthy be able to do that?
The answer is they can’t, so being honest and trustworthy are not qualities we should aspire to if we want to be leaders.
As for authenticity and integrity, I don’t advocate either of those, as often bosses know things, or have to do things like: lay people off; close plants down; or sell off under performing businesses and often they are sworn to secrecy.
But if you have integrity and authenticity, if people ask an outright question about these secrets, then when you don’t answer or don’t tell people what you know, then you are not being authentic nor are you showing integrity.
It’s a catch 22, these feel like they should be good qualities, but really they just get in the way of doing a good job.
Leadership is not a popularity contest, if it were then maybe we should look to these qualities, but it’s not.
As leaders we need to be capable of faking honesty. integrity and authenticity, but we don’t necessarily have to have them.
On most trainings they never mention this, but thats because those that can do, and those that can’t teach, so we are being taught leadership by people that can’t do it, and hence that is why we are provided with lists of qualities that just get in the way.
So forget honesty, integrity and authenticity and just do what needs to be done in order to be successful, it’s as simple as that.
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