Santa Clara University did a study of 2600 managers. They were trying to identify the top leadership quality.
Do you want to know what it was?
It was honesty.
Honesty ranked higher than intelligence.
Honesty ranked higher than competence.
And it ranked higher than a leader’s capacity to inspire others.
I think it’s because we live in a world with so much marketing spin, fake news accusations, and people too proud and afraid to admit they’re wrong that honesty is like water in the desert.
So my thought for you today is this. If you want to improve a relationship with someone, be honest. In a respectful way, be honest about your frustrations; be honest about your joys; be honest about your faith.
When you do that, it says to the other person—whether a friend, a partner, a spouse, a sibling, or whoever—that they can be honest with you too. It subconsciously communicates that the truth is welcome.
And what dishonesty weakens honesty strengthens.
In Psalm 25:21 when David said, “May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you” (NLT), he was identifying the Lord as the source of his hope. With that focus, he was able to live with greater honesty because he was more concerned with his standing before God than his standing before others.
In today’s society honesty is like water in the desert. So when it comes to your relationships, be honest.
What dishonesty weakens honesty strengthens.
By Matthew Ruttan
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