When Deeds Match Words

I’ve been made blue, I’ve been lied to 
When will I be loved
I’ve been turned down, I’ve been pushed ’round
When will I be loved
When I meet a new girl that I want for mine
She always breaks my heart in two, it happens every time
I’ve been cheated, been mistreated
When will I be loved

— Phil Everly, recorded by the Everly Brothers and also Linda Ronstadt

The surest way for a leader to corrupt an organization is to establish a culture of distrust through lying, cheating, and otherwise saying one thing then doing the opposite.

It’s something I’ve observed and experienced throughout my career. Presidents and other company leaders promise things–bonuses, promotions, new projects, continued employment, support–and then do none of them.

Even in churches. I just talked with a guy the other day who recounted several instances of pastors he has known leaving their wife and running off with the wife of someone else in the congregation.

If you wish to be a good and trusted leader, try not to break Linda Ronstadt’s heart (metaphorically). Don’t lie, cheat, mistreat…

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