Our entire lives, we’ve been told that lying is morally wrong. Being known to be a liar has extremely negative connotations, yet most adults lie – at least a little – on a daily basis. This might be telling an employee that their work is brilliant, when really it’s average, or acknowledging a poor idea in a meeting as a viable option, knowing full well that you aren’t going to explore it.
These are lies, yet they form a necessary part of leadership – inspiring confidence in your team, rather than causing harm. For example, if an employee raises an idea and that idea is shot down immediately, obviously they aren’t going to feel motivated to offer up their insights again, and bad insight is better than no insight.
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