Tell the Truth

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The following is a short book preview with insights about telling the truth contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace: Building Effective Relationships in Your Organization
Dennis Reina PhD & Michelle Reina PhD, Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. (2015)

“Do you fear what will happen if you honestly share your thoughts and feelings at work? Do you fall back on saying what you think others want you to say rather than what you truly feel? Do you ever signal to others – perhaps even unconsciously – that you don’t want their true opinions?

People need a safe work environment where they can voice their concerns, feelings, and needs. They need to openly talk about issues. People want straightforward communication from their leaders and one another. This means no lying, no exaggerating, no stretching or omitting or spinning the truth. Lying and spinning destroy trust. If people don’t tell the truth, trust can’t grow. Because trust and honesty go together, your ability to tell and encourage the truth is crucial for building trust and fostering honest communication in your workplace relationships.”

Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

I don't know everything. But I want to. The focus of our firm, Transition Management Advisors, is to develop leadership capabilities to create a championship culture, generate innovation, and successfully lead the resulting changes.

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