LEADERS MUST EXPOSE LIARS
Lies can destroy an organization. Lies can weaken trust, darken hope, damage relationships and forever damage professional and personal reputations.
Lies in an organization, just like in politics need have no bearing or relationship to truth. Simply presenting the lie first will make it seem more believable than a truth told later.
A classic narcissistic behavior would make up stories about other team members which have the effect of making others look bad and the narcissist look better. Accusations, declarations and simple slanders will do fine. Once the lies are told, anything which follows seems retribution or retaliation even if the latter set of facts are the only truth.
Leaders must be aware of such narcissistic behavior and look for the advance warning signs. Most often a person with these tendencies will come highly recommended from people they have “fooled” in the past. They will be perceived as superstar high achievers and potential top performers. They have sold themselves well - especially in contrast to those they are willing to demean.
Remember the decades of wisdom in the words of world renown leadership guru Dr John C Maxwell: “We tens to hire people for what they know, then we FIRE THEM FOR WHO THEY ARE!”
Leaders be aware and thwart this behavior swiftly with extreme fortitude at the very start!
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