I remember hearing a story about Mr Selfridge of the Selfridge’s retail store fame. When he started his business in London, he hired a personal secretary to help him. It is said that one morning a phone call was received by his secretary from a person that Mr Selfridge did not want to speak to. When the secretary tried to put the call through to him, Mr Selfridge asked the secretary to say that he was not in the building and, therefore, couldn’t speak on the phone.
The secretary made a very risky choice. Handing the phone to Mr Selfridge, it is understood that the secretary said “Please tell the caller yourself. I am not prepared to lie for you. If you know I am prepared to lie, you will never know when I am speaking the truth.” WOW.
How true this story is I don’t know but the point of it is incredible. The secretary was prepared to:
- live by his values
- put his job on the line
- challenge his boss
- call his boss to account
- show his strength of character
How ready am I, are we, to speak the truth in all things regardless of the consequences?
Speaking truth is part of integrity, it’s part of a good character, it’s part of being a leader. Enough said.
See you again soon, Kate
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