Who’s Team?

Is there ever a time when it is okay to lie? In other words, should you, under every circumstance tell the truth? Well, the truth should be the standard! Did anybody contemplate situations where dishonesty is the best case scenario? If dishonesty is a consideration, should they be considered for management or a leadership position?

 

It seems most people clear their conscience in witnessing unethical behavior by doing nothing and allow the team to continue. The difference between being a “team player” and a “whistleblower” is the team you are playing for. If your company condones unethical behavior, taking advantage of people, illegally making money, etc., then perhaps that is not the type of company to be employed by, especially as a Christian. I suppose you could put a whistleblower on the team of ethical, honest, and bold workers. In that case, both would be one in the same.

 

There are many reasons to confront a boss who is being unethical. Personally, anytime a boss would direct me to be unethical, put my career at risk, or do things that could be detrimental to the company; that is when I would confront a boss. Depending on the person, each boss would react differently. Possibly they would realize their bad behavior and make a change for the better. Maybe they will get angry and retaliate somehow. Regardless, truth and honesty will always win out.

 

What team are you on?

 

-James

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  1. zasg3 says:

    James,
    I agree with you to confront those that have bad intentions that put you at risk. I am currently studying truth about leadership in one of my classes – Organization Theory and Practice; and a quote from one of the books says, “Being honest means telling the truth and having ethical principles and clear standards by which you live” (Kouzes and Posner, 2010, p. 19). No, I do not believe that a dishonest person should be in a leadership position. Why would anyone want to work for a deceitful person? I believe it would cause tension within the workplace and therefore make your job undesirable. Great post!

    Kouzes, J., M. & Posner, B., Z. (2010). The Truth About Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishing

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