In my last post, I wrote about leadership dishonesty and asked the question, “When, if ever, and under what circumstances, is it okay for leaders to lie?” I’m interested to know what your experience has been. And I’m curious about author Jeffrey Pfeffer’s contention that the ability to misrepresent reality is a crucial leadership skill.
In Leadership BS, Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, (HarperBusiness, September 2015) he writes:
“Simply put, there are occasions when you have to do bad things to achieve good results.”
“Sometimes survival demands that you do what prevails in the ecosystem in which you are competing.”