October 10, 2011

Earning Respect by Speaking Truth

by Ashley Jensen in Blog, Getting Up

Over the next several weeks I’ll be adding excerpts from my upcoming book, Getting Up. Here’s another! Check it out!

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As a leader of our family, ministry, or company, the greatest impact we will have is by our example. How we live our life will be the true test of the impact we make in the world around us. We can teach what we know, but we reproduce who we are. This will apply to every area of our life and leadership. I have found that when I just admit what I have done wrong, my wife and kids have a deeper respect for me than if I just put up a facade as if I am just fine when they know full well that I am not!

Speaking the truth will always earn us respect.

We see it all the time with politicians and celebrities who make some really bad moral decisions. The ones who admit what they have done, take responsibility for it, and work towards making it right are the ones for whom we have a deeper respect. Speaking the truth will always earn us respect.

Do you have a hard time speaking the truth when you screw up?

One Comment

  1. October 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

    It definitely is very humbling to admit when I screw up, but something I try to do nonetheless. When a leader is able to show that they aren’t perfect, and is humble enough to admit his faults, it does open the door for not only respect, but also for true community to develop – and for others to follow suit and realize that hiding your faults isn’t the right way to go.

  2. October 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Great insight Jason, we can always grow in community.

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