ADVANTAGES OF TELLING THE TRUTH.
Telling the truth is not always easy. Keeping your mouth closed or telling a “white lie” may often seem the better choice in the short term. However, maintaining a policy of always telling the truth has its own advantages that will by far surpass the shorter path. Often, the advantages of telling the truth are not evident until you consider the unspoken alternative: that you have developed a reputation for lying and can’t always be trusted.
1. BUILDING YOUR REPUTATION
Telling the truth demonstrates a commitment to integrity that is valued by family, friends, employers, co-workers, customers, etc. Though people may not always react well to individual expressions of honesty, they do respect honesty and remember it in the future. If you’re ever in a situation where you can’t prove what you are saying is true, people will often give you the benefit of the doubt if you have demonstrated a commitment to honesty in the past. For example, if someone tries to blame a mistake on you, your explanation of events will be believable if you have a reputation for always telling the truth and the other person does not.
2. IMPROVING EFFICIENCY
Failing to tell the truth, can be an efficient killer. As an example, imagine your company president has decided to rebrand a product. For fear of reprisals, or simply from not wanting to disappoint the boss, everyone agrees that it’s a great idea rather than expressing their true opinion about it. The president tasks the marketing department to start working on it and hires a consultant to start a focus group. Only after tens of thousands of dollars have been spent does the president learn the truth: It was a terrible idea. The idea is scrapped.
3. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
Telling the truth is an important part of a trusting relationship. Of course, honesty needs to be combined with other qualities such as patience, compassion and an open mind to differences in opinion. However, once you have established a foundation of honesty between you and others, it generally makes it easier and more enjoyable.
4. ENCOURAGING HONESTY IN OTHERS
While many leaders seem to do their best to prove the contrary, honesty is an important quality for genuine leadership. If you want others to tell you the truth, it’s important to lead by example by telling the truth yourself. You don’t have to be in their life to encourage truth-telling anywhere you find yourself. Many people fail to tell the truth and prefer to keep their mouths shut only because they fear standing out. However, telling the truth can be a liberating experience. Setting an example yourself is often all these people need to begin doing the same.
Always say the truth at all times, with no fear of favor…