Great leaders and infamous dictators both have things in common and the leadership style of each, is both similar and different. Here are a few thoughts on leaders vs dictators regarding truth:
Dictators dictate truth
Leaders seek out truth
Dictators can’t handle truth
Leaders thrive on truth
Dictators are threatened by truth
Leaders are fueled on truth
Dictators manipulate the situation to shape the truth
Leaders guide the conversation via questions, conflict and freedom to pull out the truth
Dictators want to be the single source of truth
Leaders honor truth wherever it is found
Dictators will sell the truth
Leaders are willing to buy the truth
Dictators see their opinion as truth
Leaders go after many opinions in search of truth
Dictators are easily defined by their bending of truth
Leaders understand that lies and leadership don’t go together
Proverbs 23:23 says: “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.”
Truth has a cost, it must be purchased and Proverbs tell us to buy it. It doesn’t say “buy if it’s on sale” it doesn’t say “don’t pay too much” nor does it say “wait until bargain Friday.”
It is very seductive to know we can skip the truth and not have to pay the price and at times, every one of us has skipped the truth so we didn’t have to pay up.
Ironically as leaders we know that ignoring and/or delaying, ends up costing us more.
The verse goes on to say we need to also buy wisdom, instruction and understanding.
Truth, instruction, understanding and wisdom are all keys to success and great leadership and worthy of the price.
Leadership “half-truths” and Manager “nonsense”